Rio Ferdinand believes West Ham have made an astute choice in appointing Slaven Bilic as manager.
Bilic was confirmed as the new Hammers boss on Tuesday, replacing Sam Allardyce, whose contract was not renewed.
The former Croatia boss played with Ferdinand during an 18-month spell at Upton Park from 1996 and the former Manchester United defender believes the 46-year-old is a good choice.
"He's a solid appointment," said Ferdinand, who was speaking at the launch of BT Sport Europe, the new home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
"He had 18 months at West Ham where he was a very good player and someone I looked up to as a defender.
"He's a really nice guy, I've met him since through a number of friends. It seems he's got a good future at West Ham and it'll be a good place for him to be.
"He was a fantastic guy, a great professional. That's what he'll bring to West Ham and he'll put his stamp on the team. I think West Ham fans will see good things with him as manager."
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Rio Ferdinand's sister has thanked the public for the "love and support" the family has received since the death of the footballer's wife Rebecca on Friday.
The defender announced he his "soulmate had slipped away" following a short battle with cancer in a statement issued by his club, QPR.
His younger sister Sian wrote on Twitter the family wanted to say a "huge thank you" for the kind messages since the news broke adding "it hasn't gone unnoticed".
Just want to say a huge Thankyou for the love and support our family has received. It hasn't gone unnoticed & we appreciate it all ?
Manchester United fans applauded in the fifth minute and sang Rio Ferdinand's name as they paid tribute to his late wife during the game with West Brom.
The players are also wearing black armbands in memory of Rebecca Ellison who died after a short battle with cancer.
5' - Really nice touch from the fans, applauding in the 5th minute and chanting Rio Ferdinand's name in memory of his late wife. #mufclive
Both teams will wear black armbands today, in memory of Rio Ferdinand’s late wife Rebecca, who passed away last night http://t.co/sdqEP8kvBY
QPR midfielder had a special message for Rio Ferdinand and his family after he scored against Liverpool today.
Ferdinand's wife passed away after a short battle with cancer.