Matty Etherington reveals what West Ham players really think of Slaven Bilic

Former West Ham United player Matty Etherington still has close ties with his old club and has lifted the lid on what the players think of Slaven Bilic.

The sixth-placed Hammers are flying high this season and have impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places.

Slaven Bilic has reinvigorated the East Londoners and with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers are playing the 'West Ham way' once more.

The club narrowly missed out on a trip to Wembley after being held by a late goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford before losing 2-1 in the replay at Upton Park last week.

But they are on course for at the very least a Europa League place, winning 3-1 over Watford last time out.

Former player lifts lid on feeling in West Ham camp

Now former Hammer of the Year Etherington, who is still close friends with a number of the club's current first team stars including James Collins, has lifted the lid on what the players really think of Bilic one season into his reign with a post on Twitter.

"He (Collins) cannot speak highly enough of the manager and all the players buy into that," Etherighton said on the social networking site.

"Special times ahead."

Olympic ambitions

With the club's progress on the pitch and the big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium this summer, Etherington is right.

West Ham are a club going places, the fans are excited and will feel enthused that the players share their optimism.

Ironically Collins faced an uncertain future at West Ham at the beginning of the season after being told in no uncertain terms by Bilic that he was fourth choice centre back following the £8 million capture of Italy international Angelo Ogbonna.

But the Welsh warrior worked his way back into the side and was one of the club's best players this season until injury ruled him out of the last month of the campaign.

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