They hunted high and low but in the end the two Davids brought in the man who was always closest to the hearts of the Hammers fans.
Slaven Bilic – even whilst the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Bentez were being touted around – was always close to the top of ClaretandHugh’s polls for next boss.
And having settled for the 46 year old former Croatian national team, coach co chairman and chief shareholder David Sullivan was in ebullient mood as he spoke exclusively to ClaretandHugh about the appointment.
He said: “West Ham is a very special club that is like no other, we are part of the community of East London and Essex.
“Slaven was a much loved member of our family and we welcome him back.
“We hope over the next few months to bring in 5-6 players who’ll dramatically improve the strength of the team and competition for places.”
Forty six year old Slav become the 15th full-time manager in the Hammers’ 120-year history, returning to the Club he played for 54 times, on a three-year contract.
Slav will arrive at the Boleyn subject to a work permit being issued. He becomes the second Croatian to manage in the Barclays Premier League, and has an outstanding career win percentage of 55.16 per cent.
He defies the general image of footballers beloved in the media being a law graduate and multilinguist who takes a meticulous approach to management.