Slaven Bilic returns to West Ham as managerby Jack Kitson / 09 June 2015, 13:10Tweet
West Ham have appointed Slaven Bilic as their new manager, on a three-year deal at Upton Park. The former Hammers player, who left Turkish side Besiktas last month, has replaced Sam Alladryce in the Upton Park dugout.
Bilic, who played for the Hammers between 1996-97, now returns 18 years later as manager. The charismatic boss may not have managed in the Premier League, but he has a decent CV, and is perhaps most (in)famously remembered for masterminding Croatia's win over England, which prevented The Three Lions from qualifying through to Euro 2008. Meanwhile, he has also had stints in charge of Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow and Hajduk Split.
The Hammers were linked with the likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Unai Emery, Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez, but in the end have named Bilic as Big Sam's successor in the dugout. The 46-year-old's first campaign in charge of the Iron will be the club's final season at Upton Park, before they venture off to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
Sky Bet have priced the Hammers at 3/2 to finish in the top-10 next term, while they are out at 50/1 to stun Europe by hoisting the Europa League, having qualified for the competition after topping the Premier League Fair Play table.