Slaven Bilic stated that West Ham and Beşiktaş are similar kinds of club in his first interview as Hammers head coach.
“I remember West Ham as a special club. I love these kinds of special clubs. My last club, Besiktas, was that kind of club. It’s not about the size – West Ham is a big Club – there is something special about them – they are a cult clubs,” Bilic told the official West Ham website.
Bilic signed a three-year deal as West Ham manager on Tuesday 9 June replacing Sam Allardyce who did not extend his contract at the club.
Beşiktaş is one of the best supported clubs in Turkey and the third most successful in terms of trophies won by Süper Lig clubs.
Bilic resigned from Beşiktaş after a two season spell as the Black Eagles head coach.
The Istanbul giants enjoyed a successful spell in European competition and were undefeated at home against English opposition including Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Beşiktaş finished the league in third place for two seasons running under Bilic and won no silverware.