Vaz Te on Bilic and Turkey


Ricardo-Vaz-Te-431241Ricardo Vaz Te reckons Slaven Bilic’s time in Turkish football will serve him well at West Ham.

The former Hammer – now with Turkish Super Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor – saw the new Hammers boss operate in the country last season.

And he said: “I think Bilic was and is well respected and is seen as having done a good job here in Turkey, at times with limited resources,” said the 2012 Championship Play-Off final hero.

Speaking to the official site he added: “He got a great reception from fans when he left and I know that he was well respected amongst the players.

“ I am not sure what went on near the end in-house at the club, but he wasn’t far off landing the title with them. They also saw off Liverpool in the Europa League and that was a big result here, a big victory and achievement.

“He has experience of European football and that can only be a big positive thing. He likes to play good football, from what I could see and from what I heard, he is a very focused person and instils this in his players.”

Vaz Te, who scored 19 goals in 61 appearances said: “The other thing is he knows West Ham as a club personally, having been there as a player himself and that is something he will look to embrace further I am sure.

“It is exciting times for West Ham with the Europa League and then the big move to the new stadium. They are in a good place and can now hopefully build on that.”


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24 comments on “Vaz Te on Bilic and Turkey

  1. Bring Vaz back!!!
    My tongue might be firmly in my cheek here lol

  2. It’s nice to have an opinion from someone in the know not who thinks he knows because of Google,
    Hope things are going well for you Vaz and another talent that BFS suffocated
    Never mind we have the Flair of Nolan and O,Brien to marvel at

  3. Sorry bubs but I agree with everything he said but don’t buy the suffocation bit Vaz was given plenty of opportunities and when he was good he was great (mainly in the championship) but when he was bad he was either awful or non existent. He gave me some great memories but just wasn’t good enough to cut it.

  4. What I was saying QuickDraw is he was the sort of player you gave him a free roll and told him to run at players and make things happen
    ,not stick him out on the wing and wait,which is what hippo did to Downing in the second half of the season,sorry it’s probably my wording I seem to be getting under several people’s skin today,
    I like people blessed with talent to be given a free roll and if they have off days take them off the field,but you don’t strangle a Messi,Tevez,Bale,Naymar yes I know he is none of them
    But he was all we had or we can plod along with the Nolans of this world and catch up with our sleep
    But I do agree he had more bad days than good

    • Bubs I fully understand what you’re saying and I hope my wording didn’t sound like more aggro for you. I crave the same type of players as you just for me Vaz wasn’t quite it. Loved some of the stuff he did the Brighton match as a shining example he just couldn’t quite get to the top level.
      I’m sure Slav will sort us out in that dept and the team sheet won’t have Nolan preprinted on it anymore. We’re in happy times,so keep smiling.

  5. Haha,i get what your saying bubs,not under my skin today,lol.But Vaz had his limit.Good Championship forward.Never going to cut it in the Prem,just not blessed with enough talent 😉

  6. The Agro never stops Rads when you have been married as many times as me mate,
    Just not trying to upset anybody that was hippo,s job not mine
    I just want a new Hero not Rav but an Oscar or Matta ,De Silva or Agurro,
    Maybe this lad from Barca on loan for a year,
    I think we missed a good one to Swansea again first Bony then Gomis and now another for the sack of £ 10 thousand a week
    We are not going to pick up the talent on the cheap we got lucky with Sakho,
    Just worried we will run out of money and see names on the bench like
    Nolan ,Jarvis and even Magia

  7. ahah.. so you are the true figas eater bubs, not me… 😀

  8. Got to have something with your beer Matte,that’s why I carry tooth picks with me,
    But loved them all Matte provided me with 6 Kids 13 grandchildren and my first great grand child due in a few months,
    Lots of girls and the boys I am afraid only one follow the Hammers,
    My dads ashes are buried in front of the shed at Chelski thanks to Bates,
    Life has some funny turns
    But one thing in my life brings joy daily

  9. Haha,that is why bubs lives in spain now Matte.To escape all the ex-wives chasing him down the street 😀

  10. well bubs… congratulations, it seems you have (and had) an intense life. 😉

  11. Not intense Matte enjoyable,spent every weekend as a teenager in London on home game
    Weekends with great mates or on the road with a group of friends away games,
    My down fall as usual is alcohol,( mind goes blank )
    Got bad injury young and could not play any more,
    But this club was my Family for many years,

  12. Well… intense or enjoyable… but I’m sure you have a lot to say… that’s important… ahah and yes, I suspected that you like beer, you often talk about it. But ehi, I like it too… I’m trying to cut back myself and I feel better…my belly is slimmer now… lol 😉

  13. Matte it’s not just the beer I live here for health reasons and swim 1 hour every day but I like my grub to and Mrs bugs cooks like an angel,but I try hard to keep the weight off ,
    It’s 4 months eat and drink every thing 4 months diet 4 months being careful and haveing
    A wardrobe with 3 different size clothes
    But I would not swap it for anything
    This site is important to me because it gives me contact with people that love their football and brings a bit of the east end to Spain
    My Family are from Bow

  14. Maybe one day I’ll ring your bell in Valencia and I’ll try your Local specialities cooked by Mrs B 😉

  15. You are more than welcome and so are all the rest of you regulars
    Sorry not you Kevin
    Maybe we will get a chance in Europe this year Matte I live within 2 hours of some great clubs plus Madrid and Barcelona are within in 3 hours drive,
    There are quite a lot of Hammers fans in this area big expat community around
    Not where I live but very close,

  16. lol some years ago I had a work trip to Valencia…Milan-Valencia: 12 hours with the car in one day… my back was glued to my seat… 😀

  17. Bet you had wet pants as well Matte 😀

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