West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be invited to Vodafone Arena inauguration

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has revealed that the club have invited West Ham manager Slaven Bilic to the Vodafone Arena inauguration ceremony.

Orman stated that all former Black Eagles managers – alive – will be invited to the opening of the new stadium.

Speaking at the pre-inauguration press conference president said: “We will be inviting Bilic, Daum, Toshack, Milne, Lucescu and former players to the ceremony as well.”

Bilic coached Besiktas over the last two seasons before joining West Ham last summer. The Croatian coach is largely credited with being the architect of the current Black Eagles side despite winning no silverware at the club.

The Istanbul giants are on the verge of completing construction of the 41,903 seater Vodafone Arena stadium which is situated just a stones throw from the Bosphorus next to the Dolmabahce stadium.

The stadium will replace the old İnönü and is being constructed on the same land as the previous venue.

Bilic never actually got to play a single home game during his stint at Besiktas as the stadium reconstruction project lasted over two years.

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