Monday 23 April 2018

Post-Christmas sales force West Ham to play away on St Stephen's Day

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Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has turned down the chance to become West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach. Photo: PA
Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has turned down the chance to become West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach. Photo: PA

Sam Wallace

West Ham asked the Premier League give them an away fixture on St Stephen's Day because Stratford train station could not cope with the combined effect of fans attending a game at the former Olympic Stadium and crowds for the post-Christmas sales at Westfield shopping centre.

The Hammers have been given an away fixture at Bournemouth. When they asked for the same provision last season, their first in the former Olympic Stadium, West Ham fans had to make a 230-mile trek to Swansea.

Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic has turned down the chance to become West Bromwich Albion's new head coach.

The 49-year-old, who was sacked by West Ham earlier this month, wants to take some time off until the new year before deciding his next move.

Alan Pardew, another former West Ham manager, is still favourite to take over at The Hawthorns. He has been out of management for 11 months since being sacked by Crystal Palace but had previously worked with Albion's technical director Nicky Hammond at Reading.

Gary Megson will take tomorrow's match at Tottenham, which will be his first Premier League fixture in charge since December 2009. Megson, 58, returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Tony Pulis to become his assistant.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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