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Karren Brady shares something West Ham owners loved about Slaven Bilic

Vice-Chairman of West Ham Karren Brady, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Keith Mills attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150...

West Ham United parted company with the Croatian this week.

Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United attend the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2016 in London, England.

Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady shared what she and the club's co-owners really liked about Slaven Bilic, when writing her regular column for the Sun.

The Croatian was relinquished of his duties at West Ham on Monday of this week, before being replaced in his role by David Moyes the following day - an appointment that has proven to be far from popular in east London.

Bilic had quite obviously run out of ideas in his role as manager though, so something had to change, and Hammers fans will just be hoping that Moyes can evoke some of the spirit that he had during his time in charge of Everton, rather than that of his tenures at Sunderland, Real Sociedad and Manchester United.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Bilic remains a tremendously popular figure amongst the fans at the London Stadium, despite his sacking and West Ham's lowly league position.

Perhaps surprisingly though, Brady shared how the 49-year-old was just as popular at board level, when writing her regular column for the Sun, although she did claim that he always had an air of sadness about him:

"He was never afraid of the truth or of speaking it. We liked him for that, David Sullivan, David Gold and I. There was always an air of sadness about him, even in the good times."

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Bilic's affable nature eventually proved to be one of the major contributing factors behind his failure in charge of the Hammers, with West Ham players seemingly looking at him as a friend rather than a manager.

And the toughest job that David Moyes faces in east London will be finding the correct balance.

It will be vitally important for him to instil discipline and command respect, whilst retaining some kind of a likeable nature.

All easier said than done of course.

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