David Sullivan drops hint over his expectations for West Ham next season

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the match

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has been discussing his hopes for next season.

West Ham co owner David SullivanWest Ham co owner David Sullivan

The Hammers impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places in Bilic's debut season.

As well as taking a number of notable scalps home and away, including a historic treble over Liverpool, 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 Irons have officially enjoyed their best ever points tally in the Premier League era and have a positive goal difference for the first time since 1986.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staff

Slaven Bilic's East London revolution

Bilic also masterminded a fitting and thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park and steered the club into the Europa League for their first season at the Olympic Stadium.

Hammers co-owner Sullivan was delighted with the former Croatia manager's first season as a manager in East London.

But he told West Ham's official website the club can't rest on its laurels as he aims even higher next season.

HammersOS Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2011-02-10T205903Z_01_CLH101_RTRIDSP_3_OLYMPICS-LONDON-STADIUM.jpgThe Olympic Stadium

Sullivan hopes for even better

“The best thing about Slaven is that when he makes a comment after the game you would virtually agree every time with what he says," Sullivan told whufc.com.

"He is honest, smart and has a very fair judgement.

"We hope next year we can do even better."

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Challenging season ahead

The Hammers will have to go some to better last season's seventh place finish.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United having changed managers and Liverpool growing stronger under Jurgen Klopp competition will be fierce.

Add to that the fact West Ham will be faced with the exertions of the Europa League, it will be a testing first season at their new Olympic Stadium home.

But with midfielders Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordveit already signed up and the promise of more quality signings to follow Bilic will have the squad to cope.

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