Ricardo 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.”