Can Slaven Bilic bring back 'the West Ham way'

New West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been backed to bring 'exciting and fast' football to the Boleyn Ground by a man who has followed his career.

Bilic was appointed as Sam Allardyce's successor last week, instantly giving the club's fans - many of whom had grown tired of Big Sam's style of football - a lift.

Most Premier League fans will recall how his Croatia team won plaudits for their attacking style which also reaped results and saw them cement their place as one of the world's top international teams during his tenure.

Bilic's last club Besiktas were famed for their style of play and although they failed to win a trophy, his work will be fondly remembered by the club's fans who gave him a hero's send-off at the end of the season.

Now Bilic, 46, has been backed to introduce a similar style at the Boleyn Ground which will be music to the ears of fans who yearn for a return to the much-debated 'West Ham way'.

Guardian football writer Jacob Steinberg, a West Ham fan himself, has been following the former Hammers defender's managerial career closely.

And he likes what he has heard so far.

“He’s spoken a lot about getting young, quick players and, if I’m not mistaken, Besiktas wanted a team full of young Turkish players," Steinberg told West Ham's official website.

"If it were all to go to plan, I think it could be quite exciting, fast, energetic football under him.

"He has certainly said a lot of the right things. You can immediately tell that he gets West Ham fans and he gets the club."

The 'West Ham way' has often been dismissed as something of a myth by managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and even Allardyce down the years.

But it is essentially a culture, within which the club tries to play the ball on the floor in a skillful way to not only win but also entertain fans.

How much of a return to that style is possible - which arguably hasn't been on show since the days of Harry Redknapp at West Ham - remains to be seen and will depend on attracting quality players.

However, the club has already signed highly-rated 23-year-old midfielder Pedro Obiang from Serie A side Sampdoria and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have vowed to back their new man with significant transfer funds this summer.

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