Byram makes claim about Bilic, identifies qualities of West Ham manager that stand out
By Dominic Toner
West Ham defender Sam Byram believes his manager Slaven Bilic coaches an attractive brand of football.
Last season Bilic helped the club to a seventh placed finish and a European spot for this season, in what was his first season with the Londoners.
The Croatian has vastly improved the fortunes at West Ham after mid-table finishes in the last three seasons since their promotion back to the top-flight, and his passing attacking style of play has certainly made an impact.
Byram told the West Ham website: “He is very knowledgeable of the game of football and is very relaxed and down to earth. He will tell you when you need to be told something and, at the same time, he is there to tell you when you get things right.
“We’re very well organised as a team, everyone knows their jobs and he gets us playing football the right way, which is the main thing. He likes to get the ball down and pass it, so I’ve really enjoyed working with him so far.”
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Byram joined West Ham in the January transfer window for £3.75million as the Londoners took advantage of his contract situation at Leeds, which was due to expire this summer.
The 22-year-old made a sound early impression for Slaven Bilic’s team before injury kept him out for the final months of the 2015-16 season.
The attack minded right-back will be hoping he can cement a place in the team this season but faces competition from make-shift defender Michail Antonio, who excelled in the position under Bilic last campaign.
Bilic has spent a large portion of his managerial career in charge of national side Croatia between 2006 and 2012, where his most successful achievement was guiding them to a quarter-final at Euro 2008 which they lost on penalties to Turkey.
He is now fully focused on a Premier League season with West Ham and has added his sixth signing of the window in forward Ashley Fletcher, as he prepares his squad to continue his brand of football in the new season.
In other West Ham news, they are lining up a goal-a-game striker with a £80million price tag.