Bilic: New stadium won’t make us great

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is of the opinion that their move to the Olympic Stadium next season won't make them a great side.

The manager knows that the move will bring about fans demanding more from his team and he has spoken to his players about the need to achieve more once they are settled into their new home.

He has also made his squad aware of the fact that just because they're moving to a quality stadium, they won't become great players overnight and the pressure on their shoulders will increase.

Bilic decided to use the words of former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp for inspiration.

"I don't even know which division Billericay are in but I remember when I was playing here Harry Redknapp always used to use them as an example of a small club or something that was not good." said Bilic.

"Billericay could rent Wembley and play their home games there next season, but would that make them a big club or title contenders? No it wouldn't.

"This is just a step any club wanting to improve has to take, either to build a bigger stadium or rent one for a year or two. Unfortunately it does not make you a big club straight away.

"For this to happen you need time, good players, a good team and to be successful consistently for three or four years.

"It was the same with Manchester City when they got all the money. It didn't happen for them straight after. They took a few years to start winning things.

"I don't think people will be thinking that just because we are moving there we will be fighting for the Premier League or Champions League."

West Ham currently find themselves in sixth position and will be looking to end their final season at Upton Park by making it into one of Europe's elite club competitions.

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