Key member of West Ham backroom staff hails Slaven Bilic's revolution

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has yet more praise ringing in his ears after a key member of his backroom staff revealed how he has changed the culture of the club.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers enjoyed a fantastic first season under the former Croatia boss finishing seventh with the most points the club has ever achieved in the Premier League and playing the West Ham way again.

It was the manner of the transformation in East London which won the hearts and minds of Hammers fans, evidenced by their first positive goal difference in 30 years.

Bilic's charm found a wider fanbase in recent weeks as he starred as a pundit on ITV's coverage of Euro 2016, where he famously jumped on the studio table to celebrate a goal by his star player Dimitri Payet for France.

Now linked with the England manager's job in light of Roy Hodgson's departure, people are running out of superlatives for the enigmatic boss.

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

'We are now a family'

But in his latest blog on West Ham's website - ahead of the Hammers' tour of the USA next week - the club's head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, has lifted lid on what sets the popular manager apart.

"We will take a very good backroom team to the United States, and the days of having different departments are gone – we are now a family, with a great atmosphere which Slaven Bilic has helped to create," Vandenbroucke told

"We work closely with each other at all times, whether that be the medical department, the kit man, the chef or the communications department, who will all be working hard alongside the players and coaching staff in the United States."

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and West Ham manager Slaven BilicSunderland manager Sam Allardyce and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Hammers lost identity for a time

Vandenbroucke's words will ring true with the club's fans who have witnessed a real togetherness between the manager, his players and coaches in the last year.

West Ham has always been a family club but perhaps they had a lost some of that identity after a run of 5 managers in as many years up until 2011.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reactsSunderland manager Sam Allardyce reacts

Super Slav differs from Big Sam

Sam Allardyce steadied the ship but clearly had his way or working judging by the previous setup referred to in Vandenbroucke's column.

That brought its own degree of success but as a number of West Ham players have mentioned in recent times, the team spirit at the club is the best they've known it.

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