Ian Dowie raves about 'special' West Ham icon Julian Dicks... despite their disagreements

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The former West Ham man says the left-back was quite the player in his day.

Former West Ham United man Ian Dowie says he didn't see eye to eye with Julian Dicks for about six months but admits he was a 'special' player, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Dowie remembers the 47-year-old fondly - despite the pair having their disagreements when they first played together.

And he says Dicks was a natural-born winner, who would make sure to tell you if you played rubbish...

Dowie told Sky's Fantasy Football Club, picking the West Ham icon in his ultimate XI: "Left-back was a difficult one but I've gone for Julian Dicks. It took us a little while. I think we were at West Ham six months before we started to see eye-to-eye but eventually we did see eye-to-eye.

"He's a special player. He's a good lad and a natural born winner. He cared and loved the winning side of the game. He would tell you if you played rubbish, a very straight talking and a proper left-back."

Dicks's return to Upton Park this summer as part of Slaven Bilic's coaching staff was hugely celebrated by fans. He was already a coach at West Ham previously - but with the women's team.

Due to criticism, however, Dicks left Twitter earlier this campaign, as the Hammers faithful didn't respond well to certain early-season defeats - such as their Europa League exit.

A popular West Ham icon, though, the 47-year-old is still cherished for his contribution at Upton Park, while the likes of Dowie clearly remember 'the Terminator' fondly. West Ham face Norwich City in their next game on Wednesday night.

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