Julian Dicks says West Ham was a 'dire place' under Avram Grant

The West Ham coach has been discussing his experience of a previous manager.

Julian Dicks remembers what West Ham United was like under Avram Grant - and he says it was a dire place, according to the Sunday People.

Indeed, Dicks has revealed his most prominent memories of life under Grant and it's a far cry from how the Hammers operate now with Croat Slaven Bilic in charge.

The charismatic character likes to keep things jaunty at Upton Park. But that wasn't the case for one of the east London club's former coaches.

Dicks told the People: "Training is fun. Players have a laugh and a joke. I remember coming to watch training here under Avram Grant. It was a dire place. No-one was smiling or joking."

Bilic's charisma

Naturally, things are a lot different at West Ham under their current coach than they would have been under Grant.

A little like with Jurgen Klopp replacing Brendan Rodgers, it's about the positivity and charisma of an individual. People often forget how important personality is in football - or in any job.

While Grant was simply boring to listen to during a post-match interview or the like, Bilic lights up the room with a simple laugh or joke. And that's even if West Ham lose.

Clearly, that kind of thing has an influence on the training ground, in the dressing room and in the press room.

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