Sunday 18 February 2018

Slaven Bilic chosen as Sam Allardye's successor at Upton Park

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic

West Ham have picked Slaven Bilic as their new manager after a long and protracted search for Sam Allardyce's replacement.

Allardyce left Upton Park at the end of the season when his contract was not renewed, and Bilic was one of many to be interviewed about the vacancy.

The likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Rafael Benitez, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery were all said to have been considered, but all rejected the job.

Bilic has coached at international level with Croatia and also in Europe with Besiktas as well as at Lokomotiv Moscow.

And his appointment should go down well with supporters, having become a cult hero during a brief spell at Upton Park in the 1996/97 season.

West Ham are thought to have handed Bilic a three-year contract worth up to £3 million-a-year on the basis he agreed to a relegation clause.

The clause means the Croat can be sacked without receiving a penny in compensation if West Ham are relegated from the Premier League.

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