Heading into there last season at the Boleyn Ground West Ham needed to appoint the right man for the job, Rafa Benitez was being heavily linked with the job until Real Madrid came knocking. The only man that expressed his interest in the job was former West Ham player Slaven Bilic and he appeared to be the peoples choice, Bilic’s managerial record seemed to impress many of the West Ham faithful with a very successful 6 year period in charge of the Croatian national team including an impressive win against England at Wembley which lead to England failing to qualify for the euro’s. Bilic’s first season at FC Lokomotiv Moscow was far from a success after leading Lokomotiv to their worst ever league finish of 9th which Bilic accepted responsibility for which then lead to his sacking in 2013. One month after being sacked at Lokomotiv Bilic took over the reigns at Turkish side Besiktas and certainly established Besiktas into title challengers year in and year out.
On the 9th June 2015 West Ham finally got their man, Bilic signed a three year contract with the hammers.
Bilic added many players into the West Ham squad over the transfer window, the pick of the bunch being French playmaker Dimitri Payet. He also brought back Alex Song and Carl Jenkinson on one season loans as well singing Manuel ‘The Jewel’ Lanzini on a one season loan with an agreed future fee of £5 million. further additions were made with the signings of Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Victor Moses, Darren Randolph, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic
Slaven Bilic’s and West Ham’s season so far-
Slaven Bilic’s first game in the premier league was Arsenal away from home following an early Europa League exit and West Ham defied the odds and beat Arsenal 2-0 this wasn’t the only big side that the Hammers beat away from home. Next up for Slaven Bilic’s side were Leicester City at home, West Ham lost the game 2-1 following a very poor performance after seeing ‘keeper Adrian shown a straight red card. West Ham then had another home game this time newly promoted AFC Bournemouth visited the Boleyn Ground. West Ham started the game off very slowly which Bournemouth punished them for, yet West Ham got back in the game but a late Callum Wilson goal cancelled it out and West Ham lost 4-3. Next up was a trip to Anfield for the hammers and the East London side got off to a great start as they scored inside the 3 minute mark as they produced a master class of counter attacking play as they swept aside Liverpool 3-0. West Ham then welcomed strugglers Newcastle to the Boleyn Ground and West Ham produced a quality team performance as a Dimitri Payet bagged himself a brace as West Ham came out 2-0 victors in a game they really needed to win to kick start their season at home. West Ham then travelled to Manchester as they took on Man City who were top of the league and where by far West Ham’s biggest challenge yet, Bilic set up the hammers to sit back and defend well and hit city with pace on the counter and that’s exactly what they done ass they beat table toppers City 2-1. After this West Ham had two consecutive 2-2 draws with Norwich and Sunderland respectively, after this was two London derbies the first being an away game against Crystal Palace a side that play very similarly to West Ham in terms of their counter attacking football, Dwight Gayle was sent off after two stupid and unneeded tackles lead to two yellow cards which swung the game in West Ham’s favour, it looked like Palace were going to hold on until the irons scored two goals in the last 5 minutes which meant West Ham were 3-1 winners, the second of the two London derbies was struggling Chelsea at home, West Ham were the best team for the whole 90 minutes which the score line showed in what was miserable day for Chelsea as one of their coaches and Mourinho were sent to the stands.
If West Ham keep up this remarkable form throughout the season, who says they cant push for a Europe spot?