Former BeIiktaI coach Slaven Bilic returns to Hammers as manager

West Ham United has appointed former Beiiktai coach Slaven Bilic as their manager, the Premier League club has said.
The 46-year-old has signed a three-year contract to replace Sam Allardyce, who left Upton Park at the end of last season.
He won 44 caps for Croatia, scoring three goals, and coached his country for six years from 2006 to 2012, winning 42 of his 65 matches in charge. Bilic also had spells managing Hajduk Split in his native Croatia and Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
and”The appointment of Slaven Bilic as West Hamand’s new manager is one that will be largely welcomed by supporters. This was always going to be a crucial assignment for whoever took over, and at the very least Bilicand’s links with the club as a former West Ham player will afford him some leeway in what is going to be a vital season,and” Peter Thorne wrote on espnfc.com.
Former international defender Bilic played for the Hammers from 1996 to 1997. and”Iand’m really glad to be back with West Ham United,and” he told the cluband’s website.
and”Itand’s in the Premier League, which is among the best in the world. Itand’s a big challenge and you are competing with the best and what better club to do it with than West Ham? Itand’s a big privilege and a big responsibility to now be manager. I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things,and” he added.
The tough-tackling Bilic joined West Ham in 1996 for a then-club record transfer fee of 1.3 million pounds ($1.99 million) and helped the side avoid relegation before joining Everton in 1997.
West Ham finished 12th in the Premier League last season and decided not to renew Allardyceand’s contract.
Bilic will have to get down to work quickly. Having qualified for next seasonand’s Europa League by way of the Fair Play League, West Ham could be playing in it as early as July 2.
More important is consolidating their Premier League status during the final season at Upton Park before moving to Londonand’s Olympic Stadium.
Staying in the top tier would also ensure a share of the lucrative new domestic television deal that begins in 2016.
and”My first priority when choosing a club is to look at its ambitions,and” 46-year-old Bilic said on the club website. and”[The owners] made clear that it is not only the fantastic new stadium we are moving into, but they showed their determination and ambition to make what is a big club even bigger.
and”I saw their determination and passion that they want to do that. That was the No. 1 reason. I could feel that they really wanted me, so it was an easy choice.and”
hr h2Slaven Bilich2
h2Club careerh2 The 46-year-old central defender began his playing career at hometown Hajduk Split on Croatiaand’s Adriatic coast in 1988 and won the Yugoslav cup in 1991, Croatiaand’s inaugural league title the following year, and the Croatian Cup in 1993. Bilic joined German side Karlsruher for three seasons before leaving for Premier League side West Ham in 1996. He moved to Everton in 1997 but his three year-stay at Goodison Park was plagued by injuries and suspensions. The Merseyside club gave Bilic a million-pound payoff in 2000 and two days later rejoined Hajduk helping it win the 2001 Croatian Cup before retiring.
h2International careerh2
Bilic made his international debut in 1992. He was a member of a talented Croatia side — including the likes of Robert Prosinecki, Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban — that reached the 1998 World Cup semi-finals. The Croats briefly led host and eventual champion France 1-0 before Lillian Thuramand’s brace knocked Bilicand’s side out and scored three goals in a 44-game international career.
h2Coaching careerh2
After brief spells as caretaker coach at Hajduk in 2001-2002 and Croatiaand’s Under-21 team from 2004 to 2006, Bilic became coach of the senior national side in 2006.Bilic was seconds away from steering Croatia into the Euro 2008 semifinals leading 1-0 lead against Fatih Terimand’s Turkey in extra time before conceding a dramatic equalizer and losing the ensuing penalty shootout to the never-say-die Turks.
Croatia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and Bilic departed shortly after the 2012 European Championship after his team failed to progress from the group stages despite impressive performances against Italy and eventual winner Spain.
Bilic led Croatia in 65 matches, recording memorable 2-0 and 3-2 wins against England during their qualification campaign for the 2008 European Championships.
He took over at Lokomotiv Moscow but endured a mediocre one-year stay at the Russian Premier League side 2012-2013 — his first full role in club management.
Bilic then joined Beiiktai on a three-year contract in 2013 but spent just two seasons at the Istanbul powerhouse without winning any trophy before departing in 2015 to replace Sam Allardyce as manager of West Ham.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman