Dicksie: “I know what the fans want”

dicksJulian Dicks is living his ultimate dream and every moment of it is down to Slaven Bilic.

Dicksie had been looking for a major coaching job for a long time before taking over the Irons Ladies team but the arrival of his room mate from his playing days changed everything.

Talkimg to London24.com he admitted: “The only time I would have got a job back here is with someone like Slaven, Fortunately for me he got the manager’s job, he gave me a call and said he wanted me to come back – it really is a dream job for me.”

He brings an intimate knowledge of the fans’ requirements declaring: “I know what the fans want. I know what this club is about and it is getting that over to the players.

“Certain players already know, it is about work-rate, about desire to play in the shirt that you are wearing.”

“I have played under managers like John Lyall, who signed me, Billy Bonds and Harry Redknapp and all of them knew what this club is all about. They knew what the fans wanted and what they expected and that is good football.

“They know we are not going to win the Premier League, but they want the team to work hard and play for the badge.

“Morale is good here, the players enjoy training, but it is not all about that, it is also about doing that on the pitch for each other.”

As we all enter the last season at the Boleyn, Dicksie said: “I have 11 years of memories here. There have been ups and downs, quite a lot of downs, but this is a fantastic place and it is going to be sad to leave.

“I have been here for so long, but we have supporters who have been watching for 60 or 70 years and so we want it to be a memorable last season for them.

“I remember making my debut here against Everton. I had downs with my injuries, but for me the most important thing about this place is the supporters.

Without them there isn’t a football club and they stuck by me through thick and thin. For me this place will always be in my heart.”

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7 comments on “Dicksie: “I know what the fans want”

  1. Thats it. Team has to unlearn the negative style they’ve had installed on them the past four years. May take some time but we will come through better off. Looking forward to the season! COYI

  2. As I have already said, we owe Slav. the same courtesy we gave to Sam.
    He has a squad that contains some very good players but they now have to be moulded into a very good team and the negative naysayers who don’t give him that chance, are not (and cannot claim to be ) true ‘Hammers’

  3. Dicks is spot on.

  4. Spot on Dicksie
    Spot on canchaz ( don’t say that often )
    Let’s put or differences to bed for now and get 100% behind our team

  5. Kevin showing positivity,canchaz doing the same. This is brilliant! Never mind the pi$$ing and moaning everyone of us should be behind Slav and the boys all the way. As far as I’m concerned you’re either with us or you’re against us and remember we’ve got the terminator on our side lol

  6. Oh,dick,you are a DICK, I think we””(west ham fans)””would like to see a few more wins! Or perhaps that’s to difficult to work out????writing or blogging a riDICculous article like that,is shear stupidity.

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