Stephen Hendrie raves about Slaven Bilic, shares conversation with West Ham boss

Stephen Hendrie believes West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is a 'great coach'.

West Ham United left back Stephen Hendrie has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he is enjoying life at Upton Park under manager Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers are enjoying a superb season under Bilic, who was appointed as Sam Allardyce's replacement last summer, with fans certainly revelling in the club's final season at Upton Park.

Currently just one point off a Champions League place, West Ham could land a top four finish under Bilic, with the Croatian taking the Premier League by storm since his move from Besiktas almost a year ago.

Fans have been lauding his work, and now one of West Ham's young players has also made his voice heard, with Stephen Hendrie raving about his boss.

Hendrie, 21, arrived on a free transfer from Hamilton Academical last summer, but has yet to make his West Ham debut, and was recently sent out on loan to League One side Southend United for valuable first-team experience.

Now back at Upton Park and featuring in West Ham's Under-21 side, Hendrie has discussed his experiences with Bilic, telling the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks the Hammers boss is 'a great guy to work with'.

Hendrie also revealed that Bilic told him he needed to go out on loan, and having played five games for Southend, the Scot is looking to kick on - but knows it will be difficult to break into West Ham's first team, given the quality of first choice left back Aaron Cresswell.

"It is going to be hard for me because the manager isn’t going to drop someone after one bad game and stick someone else in," said Hendrie. "We have some quality players and we have had a great season. It is going to be hard for me but it is a challenge and one I am looking forward to."

"He said that I needed to go out on loan and play games. I know what I need to do. He is a great guy to work with. He came in and we are flying and everyone at the club loves him. He has so much passion about him and that is what you want from a manager. He loves the game and he is a great coach on the training field as well. It is all good," he added.

Do you think Hendrie can ever compete with Cresswell?

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