Slaven Bilic opens up about his first year at West Ham United

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United finished in seventh place in the Premier League last season.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has told West Ham United’s official site that he always believed that his side were capable of having an impressive season, after the transfer business they did last summer.

West Ham finished in seventh place in the Premier League table last term, which was Bilic’s first season in charge.

The London club surpassed most peoples’ expectations of where they would finish, but Bilic says he and his staff all felt that West Ham had the potential to impress.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

"I have loved this season,” the Croatian boss said. “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 (Allardyce) 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.”

West Ham showed great ambition in the previous summer transfer window, and they have continued to back Bilic with funds.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers are expected to get even stronger next season, and they will also be playing in new surroundings.

West Ham are due to move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium next term, and they will also have European football on offer - after making it into the Europa League.

Bilic’s men are already looking to bolster their squad, and they have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in Havard Nordtveit.

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