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Are West Ham a big club? Are Billericay?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 February 2016

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

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Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says just moving to a big stadium does not make them a big club

Billericay Town's New Lodge groundBillericay Town's New Lodge ground

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says anyone thinking the Hammers will become a big club just because they are moving to the Olympic Stadium next season should think again.

Although currently occupying sixth place in the Premier League table in a magnficent first season for Bilic, the Croatian insists there is an awful long way to go yet for the club.

“Moving is a step that you have to take to become a big club, but you are not becoming a big club only by moving to a new stadium or by building one,” said Bilic ahead of his side’s clash at Southampton tomorrow (Saturday).

“It is very simple. Let us consider Billericay. I don’t even know what 
division they are in, but I remember when I was playing here, Harry Redknapp always used to mention them when he wanted to say something is not good!

A large crowd enjoy the warm weather on the man-made beach at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, with the Olympic Stadium in the background.A large crowd enjoy the warm weather on the man-made beach at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

“So let us say Billericay can rent Wembley Stadium for next season and play their home games there, does 
that make them a big club or title contenders? No, it doesn’t.

“So this is a step forward, but it is only one part. You need time, you need good players and you need to build a good team to get some success. It was the same with Man City.

“Expectations are going to be high, but I don’t think people are going to expect us vying for the title or a Champions League place next season.”

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