Tuesday 27 September 2016

Hammers meet Bilic but no offer is made

Jason Burt

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Bilic is aware that he has never been West Ham’s first choice and is prepared to wait to see if he is offered the job
Bilic is aware that he has never been West Ham’s first choice and is prepared to wait to see if he is offered the job

West Ham United have met with Slaven Bilic but have not made a final decision on appointing him as their next manager.

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The Croatian is extremely keen to succeed Sam Allardyce whose contract was not renewed at the end of the season and has worked his way up West Ham's shortlist.

Nevertheless, despite failing to hire Rafael Benitez, David Moyes, Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery - who has extended his contract at Seville - and Italy coach Antonio Conte, West Ham are still considering other candidates.

The former West Ham defender left as coach of Turkish club Besiktas at the end of the season and has made no secret of the fact that he wants to coach in the Premier League.

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Bilic is aware that he has never been West Ham's first choice and is prepared to wait to see if he is offered the job. West Ham have not ruled out a move for the likes of Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa, Swansea City manager Garry Monk or former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup as they prepare to make one of the most important managerial appointments in the club's history.

At the same time West Ham are pressing ahead with transfer plans and are closing in on a deal to sign Andre Ayew with the attacker a free agent to leave Marseille.

A series of discussions on the appointment of a new manager and, it is thought, interviews with potential candidates and their representatives have taken place this week but West Ham are adamant they will not be rushed into a decision and will, if necessary, wait for the right man.

Even so, the clock is ticking with the club due to play its first competitive match of the next season on July 2 after qualifying for the Europa League through the Fair Play rules.

Bilic would be a highly-popular choice among Hammers' fans having become something of a cult hero even though he only played for the club for a short time between 1996-'97. The 46-year-old has long hankered after the chance to manage in England having also coached the Croatian national team and Lokomotiv Moscow.

West Ham know the appointment of their new manager is vitally important given the impending move to the Olympic Stadium next year and with the club ambitious to try and break into the top echelon in the Premier League and with funds available. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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