Slaven Bilic brought up Sam Allardyce's name at West Ham's awards night for this reason

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss said he was left with the foundations for success by his predecessor.

West Ham United held their end-of-season awards ceremony night on Tuesday evening, and amongst all the reflection on a positive season, former manager Sam Allardyce's name came up, according to the club's Twitter account.

Slaven Bilic was discussing his side's successful campaign, which has seen them challenging to finish inside the top six for the first time in 17 years after he replaced Allardyce at the end of last season.

The Croatian boss said that he and his staff expected to enjoy a successful season but emphasised that his side have been on a "journey" throughout the campaign.

Early in his speech, Bilic made sure that he gave current Sunderland manager Allardyce the credit that he clearly feels he deserves for leaving such as well-organised squad for the former Croatia boss to build upon.

Bilic said, as quoted by the club's official Twitter account: "I have loved this season. We expected it to be good. We knew we had potential. I spoke to my staff and with a bit of luck we knew we had a chance. Sam left me a good team and well organised squad.

"Beating Spurs at home was special. It is about the journey we have had. At the start we signed Dimitri Payet and other good players. When you ask me the highlights there are so many. We beat some big teams at the start. 

"The best moment for me was being so strong and solid. We didn't look like we would get beat. I know we will do everything we can to win the final three games."

Though the Hammers were enjoying their awards ceremony this week, they still have work to be done in the final three games of the season with a first ever qualification for the Champions League a very real possibility.

Bilic's side are currently sixth in the Premier League table but sit just five points behind Manchester City in fourth with a game in hand over the former champions.

West Ham host Swansea City on Saturday before welcoming Manchester United for the final ever competitive match at Upton Park next Wednesday and a final-day trip to Stoke City.

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