West Ham are pushing for a top four finish this season.
Bilic said: “If we were safe but, let’s say, 12th, out of the FA Cup, it would be more difficult [to motivate them]. You can try all the motivation techniques in the world but if the players are thinking, ‘We can’t go up, we can’t go down’, then it is human nature to take your foot off the gas just a little bit. Fortunately, we’re not in that position and it is an easy job to keep them motivated.”
The season has reached that point when many teams don’t have much to play for , but the Hammers are still fighting on two fronts.
They are pushing for European football and a potential top four finish, and are still in the FA Cup heading into the quarter finals.
Most players would have taken their feet off the gas at this stage of the season, but Bilic’s players are still fighting in every game, knowing that they can achieve West Ham’s most successful campaign for generations.
As well as this easy motivation, Bilic is aided by his natural ability to motivate players.
There is a sense about the Croatian boss that his players will do anything for him, with Bilic needing to force them.
He possess an aura of fight and passion, and this has rubbed off on his players, and has created arguably the most unified squad in the Premier League.
Bilic has exceeded all expectations since taking charge of the Hammers last summer - the dreadful Europa League campaign aside - and it is obvious he is a perfect fit for the club he used to play for.