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."
He cannot speak highly enough of the manager and all the players buy into that. Special times ahead.. https://t.co/eSFODQ3Tro— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) April 22, 2016
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.