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West Ham United announce Slaven Bilic as new manager

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Former West Ham United defender Slaven Bilic has been unveiled as the new West Ham United manager.

The 46-year old replaces Sam Alladyce, who left the club by mutual consent after guiding the Hammers to a 12th-place finish.

Bilic played for West Ham between 1995 and 1997, making 48 appearances in the Premier League and 54 in all competitions.

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He signs a contract that is set to keep him at Upton Park for three years. He has previously managed Lokomotiv Moscow and more recently Turkish based Besiktas, leaving them at the end of May.

Bilic has also graced the international stage, managing Croatia for six years, most memorably beating England in the European Championship Qualifiers to deny them a Euro 2008 spot.

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Following his appointment Bilic was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “I felt like I was at home.”

His appointment seems to have sparked a positive reaction from fans, with one tweeting on social-networking site Twitter, “really excited for next season!”

The new gaffer will be hoping to transform West Ham United football club into one of the best sides in the world, as it once was.

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