He saved us from the dark days of Sam Allardyce and was by far the best thing to come out of Euro 2016.
To be honest Roy Hodgson set the bar lower than a limbo dancer’s backside.
But Bilic’s insightful comments and honest opinions were a breath of fresh air.
But even the best make mistakes and Bilic’s insistence on trying to turn Michail Antonio into a right back is a Grade A ricket.
Antonio’s unpredictability and tendency to overplay a bit is an asset on the wing.
But they aren’t the traits you want to see in your fullback.
Hopefully Antonio’s penalty howler at Chelsea will be the last of the experiment and he can go back to terrorising opponents rather than his own back line.
It was a fairly depressing start to the season for West Ham.
We only went down by a late goal to a Chelsea side who will be right-up there.
But the performance was turgid and watching our record signing limp-off with a long term injury was depressingly familiar.
Hopefully we’ll turn it on during the first Premier League game at the Olympic Stadium this Sunday even if Thursday night’s showing in Europe was another disappointment.
But there are better bets on the coupon this weekend and the market that catches my eye is total goals in the Leicester v Arsenal game.
The Gunners defence shipped four last week and doesn’t look like tightening up anytime soon.
The Champions know how to find the net and the loss of Kante in midfield has made their own back line that bit more vulnerable.
This has the look of a goal fest to me and over 3.5 goals at 15/8 looks a solid play while for the more adventurous over 4.5 pays a generous looking 9/2.
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