West Ham legend Julian Dicks and Slaven Bilic once shared a defensive line together. Now the hard man they called the Terminator is about to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Croatian once again as he joins the Irons’ management set-up.

Dicks, 46, who won Player Of The Year four times in the 1990s, started as a full-time assistant coaching assistant after a season in charge of West Ham Ladies.

He said: “To be joining the first-team coaching staff at my club is fantastic news for me,.

“I was with the Ladies last year and I thoroughly enjoyed that, but to get the opportunity to work with Slaven, his coaching staff and the first-team players is a dream come true.

“This is a Premier League club with some very good players already in the squad and some more very good players set to come in this summer. It is exciting times for me and exciting times for West Ham.

“I met up with Slaven last week and, although we had not met in person for a few years, it was like we had never been apart. We had a hug and a kiss and sat down and talked all about West Ham and all about football.

“We had a great relationship when we played together in the same team here and I am sure we will work well together again as manager and coach.”

Dicks made 326 appearances in claret and blue between 1988 and 1999, with a single season at Liverpool breaking up his stay. He was a cult figure with the West Ham faithful – tough tackler and penalty and free-kick taker with a reputation of coming to the attention of referees.

The left-back told the club’s website: “Slaven was a top player and he has gone on to become a very good manager. His teams play a high-tempo pressing game and I am sure he will instil that style of play here at West Ham.

“I have always said that the first quality that players must illustrate is hard work. If you then have very good players who work very hard, then you can achieve great things and hopefully we can do that here at West Ham.

“I understand that I will be involved on the training pitch and in the meetings and I cannot wait to get down to work with Slaven, his assistant and his other coaches.”