Wednesday 26 October 2016

Hammers set Champions League target for Bilic

Published 10/06/2015 | 02:30

West Ham have their eye on Slaven Bilic
West Ham have their eye on Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic was set the long-term target of turning West Ham into Champions League challengers but he will also walk away with nothing if the club are relegated next season.

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Bilic, 46, was confirmed yesterday as the successor to Sam Allardyce on a three-year contract worth around £3m per season but, with West Ham missing out on a series of other targets, it is understood they have protected themselves against the financial cost of the Croatian failing.

With West Ham hoping the move into the 54,000-seat capacity Olympic Stadium in time for the 2016-17 season, West Ham now want Bilic to propel the team into what they regard as the "next level".

"It is a great place to play and I felt like I was at home," said Bilic, who played for the club in the 1996-97 season. "I could feel that they really wanted me so it was an easy choice. I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things. I remember West Ham as a special club."

Elsewhere, John Carver has left Newcastle along with coach Steve Stone with the club expected to appoint former England boss Steve McClaren as Alan Pardew's permanent successor (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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