Karren Brady hails this move last summer, says it has brought back the West Ham way

The Hammers vice-chairman believes the appointment of Slaven Bilic has seen the club's values and philosophy restored.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has told the Daily Mail that the appointment of Slaven Bilic as manager last June has seen the 'West Ham way' restored to the club.

Bilic, who played for the Irons for 18 months in 1996 and 1997, was brought back to Upton Park to replace the departing Sam Allardyce at the end of last season.

Though the Croatian boss thanked his predecessor in his speech at the recent end-of-season awards' night for leaving him with the foundations to succeed, Bilic has overseen a dramatic improvement in the club's fortunes in his first season in the dugout.

After finishing 12th last season, the Hammers have launched a sustained and serious challenge for European qualification this term and currently sit in seventh place with two fixtures remaining.

Not only that, but as pointed out by captain Mark Noble, they have already broken both their Premier League-era record for total points and total goals scored in a season as Bilic has brought an entertaining brand of football in their final year at Upton Park.

Brady hailed the achievements of Bilic, who she says has a genuine connection with the supporters, and insists that his managerial philosophy has brought the elusive 'West Ham way' back to the club.

She told the Daily Mail: "On and off the field. I want to praise the manager. I always think the manager is the most important person at any club and Slaven Bilic has done an excellent job in his first season.

"There is a connection with the fans, who remember him as a player, and he understands the values of West Ham. Some people have asked 'what is the West Ham way?'

"The way Slaven plays is the answer — that's the West Ham way."

The Hammers have two games left to ensure that their fine season is rewarded with European football next term as they look to seal their place in the Europa League.

Currently sitting seventh, they can leapfrog Southampton and close the gap on fifth-placed Manchester United with victory in the final home game at Upton Park this evening.

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