Former Player Interview - Frank McAvennie

Hammers legend Frank McAvennie believes his former Club can achieve even bigger things under Slaven Bilic when they move into the new Stadium and sees no reason why they cannot challenge for major silverware.

McAvennie was thrilled to be back in east London for the final ever game at the Boleyn Ground as he saw West Ham record a famous victory over Manchester United.

The 56-year-old has nothing but praise for the job Bilic has done following his move back to the Club last summer and feels he has assembled one of the best squads in recent years.

With the Club moving into a new 60,000 Stadium, McAvennie is convinced the the Hammers will only grow stronger and can mount a serious challenge for a Champions League place.

McAvennie said: “I said as soon as Slaven got the job that he would be fantastic.

“The first signing he made was Julian Dicks and they have been brilliant together. He is such a legend down here and used to be my room-mate.

“The fans are onside straight away and they both look like they are enjoying it. It is the same as any job - when you are enjoying it you smile and it makes you a better manager and a player. There is a good atmosphere down here now.

“The supporters deserve a good team and they deserve a team who are fighting for Europe.

“It can only get better from now on when they move into the new Stadium.

“Slaven has got his eye on a few players. He has brought some great players in and West Ham deserve to be challenging for a Champions League place.”

McAvennie will never forget his memorable spell at the Boleyn Ground and became a fans favourite after being part of the one of the greatest ever strike forces at West Ham United.

The former Scottish international enjoyed a formidable partnership with Tony Cottee where he scored 60 goals in just 190 appearances and helped the Hammers secure their highest ever finish in the top flight when they finished third back in 1986.

McAvennie is still treated like a hero every time he makes a return to the Club and says he will always have a special relationship with the West Ham United fans.

McAvennie added: “I am always amazed how well the fans treat me. I was born and bred in Glasgow but the fans down here are incredible. I feel so welcome here and feel at home.

“It gives me pride when I look back at my time here and we enjoyed our football under John Lyall.

“I remember when I played with Tony, it was not when we were going to score but what type of goal we were going to score and that rubbed off onto the supporters.

“It a shame that John Lyall was not able to see the end of the Boleyn Ground but I am sure he is looking down smiling.”