Julian Dicks says West Ham are lucky to have Slaven Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United coach Julian Dicks says the club are lucky to have enigmatic manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places last season.

As well as taking a number of notable scalps home and away, including a historic treble over Liverpool, Bilic reinvigorated the East Londoners with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini helping rediscover the 'West Ham way' once more.

The Irons officially enjoyed their best ever season in the Premier League era in terms of points and ended with a positive goal difference for the first time in 30 years.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the final match at Upton Park

Records and great memories

Bilic also masterminded a fitting and thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park.

And the club now qualified for the Europa League despite two defeats in their last three games seeing them drop from fifth to seventh by the season's end.

The former Croatia boss has since impressed a wider audience with his brilliant displays as a pundit for ITV during Euro 2016.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during trainingWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during training

'Listen, he's got something about him'

And Hammers legend Dicks, one of Bilic's former teammates and a coach in his backroom team, told the club's official website they are lucky to have him.

"He is (as charasmatic and enigmatic in the changing room as he is the TV studio), listen he's a good manager," Dicks told whufc.com.

"You've got Lee Dixon trumpeting him for the England job. Listen, he's got something about him, I mean you don't see many people jump on the table in the commentary in the Euros.

"But that's him, he's very passionate, we know that, I know that, the fans know that and to be honest I think West Ham are lucky to have him."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaks with first team coach Julian Dicks during trainingWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaks with first team coach Julian Dicks during training

Difficult to envisage Bilic leaving

It is difficult to envisage a situation where Bilic would want to leave West Ham for another job given the club's exciting move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium later this month.

Next season sees some of the world's top managerial talent go head-to-head in the Premier League with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte in the mix.

Bilic knows he has a job on his hands to better last season's seventh place finish but one thing is for sure Hammers fans wouldn't swap him for anyone at the moment.

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