West Ham: Slaven Bilic to watch Lusitans Europa tie from stand

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic left Turkish side Besiktas at the end of the 2014-15 season
Europa League first qualifying round: West Ham v Lusitans
Venue: Upton Park Date: Thursday, 2 July Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Live radio commentary (UK only) on BBC London 94.9 and report on BBC Sport website

New West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will not be in charge of the team for Thursday's Europa League qualifier, with academy boss Terry Westley naming the team to face Andorra's Lusitans.

Bilic replaced Sam Allardyce last month but will only be in the stands for the sell-out game at Upton Park.

The 46-year-old Croat will be introduced to the crowd on the pitch.

Westley has already named his team for the first leg, 40 days after the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Several first-team regulars including defender James Tomkins, midfielders Morgan Amalfitano and Matt Jarvis and striker Diafra Sakho will start.

West Ham, who finished 12th in the Premier League under Allardyce last season, reached Europe through the Fair Play League.

They were awarded a place in the first qualifying round before former Hammers defender Bilic was appointed.

Former Luton and Derby manager Westley said plans were put in place for the first qualifying round tie before Bilic's arrival.

"You find you're in Europe so someone has to put a plan together," Westley, 55, added.

"We've had to be proactive to put a plan together very quickly as we didn't know whether we would be in Europe until after the last game.

'We knew what the group would consist of.

"It was to make a smooth transition for when the manager was put in place."

Westley has been working with the squad available for Thursday's game for the past 10 days.

Highly-rated youngsters Reece Burke, Reece Oxford and Lewis Page joined up with some senior players who missed the end of the campaign through injury.

The return leg against Lusitans, who finished second in Andorra's top flight last season, takes place on 9 July.

Lusitans, founded in 1999, have competed in qualifying for the Champions League and Europa League but have yet to win a European game.

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