Former Rock Star, Lawyer and now Coach! Meet Slaven Bilic, New West Ham Coach



He plays the guitar, speaks several languages and is a fully qualified lawyer, his name is Slaven Bilic, the manager for West Ham football club.

For many fans in England, their first encounter with Bilic the manager came in November 2007.

Slaven Bilic masterminded Croatia’s victory over England in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley in 2007.

In charge of the Croatia national team, Bilic oversaw a 3-2 win against England at Wembley that ended the Three Lions’s hopes of reaching Euro 2008 and, ultimately, Steve McClaren’s time as manager.

Success at club level has been limited. He was sacked after one season at Lokomotiv Moscow and failed to win a trophy in two years at Turkish side Besiktas, the club he left last month after finishing third in their domestic league.

However, he did guide Beskitas to victory against Liverpool in the Europa League in February.

In the first 18 months the team failed to hold on when they were leading 1-0 or 2-0 and he never won a derby game against Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

He struggled to find the right solutions to change a game and there was a routine in his substitutions. Liverpool was the exception.

Once accused of overseeing a West Ham side that played “19th century” football by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Allardyce ultimately paid the price for not delivering a brand of football Hammers fans craved.

Bilic, a West Ham defender for 18 months from 1996, will know what the club expects.

Despite making just 55 appearances for the club, he is a Hammers cult hero, loved by the fans for his no-nonsense defending and big personality.

In one of his first interviews in Turkey, Bilic said “my team is as energetic as Iron Maiden”. He really delivered in that regard.


With a 4-2-3-1 formation, he built a team with two dynamic defensive midfielders, one creative playmaker and wingers able to cut inside. Last season especially, Demba Ba showed that he was the missing piece of that formation with his ability to encourage midfielders to attack.

In two years Besiktas transformed to an energetic, collective and fast team, playing with short passes.

Slaven Bilic, a guitarist in a rock band, promised Besiktas fans the team would be as energetic as Iron Maiden.

Frank Lampard has played alongside Slaven Bilic and for Jose Mourinho

Ex-England international Frank Lampard once compared Bilic,  his former West Ham team-mate, to Jose Mourinho. There are similarities.

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