West Ham poised to appoint former player Slaven Bilic as their new bossby Jack Kitson / 09 June 2015, 09:15Tweet
West Ham are poised to name former player Slaven Bilic as their new manager at Upton Park. On Monday the East London club revealed that a managerial announcement would be made in 48 hours, with the Croat widely expected to be revealed as the man to replace Sam Allardyce.
Bilic has been hotly linked with the club ever since Big Sam departed at the end of last season. Speculation only increased following the 46-year-old's decision to leave Turkish club Besiktas over two weeks ago, and he can now be found at just 1/50 (Bet Victor) in the Next West Ham Manager Market.
Fan Favourite Bilic, who briefly played for the Irons in the 1990s, will bring buckets of passion to the job, with his engaging and charismatic personality sure to thrill Hammers fans. The Croatian may not have managed in the Premier League but he has previously taken charge of club sides Lokomotiv Moscow and most recently Besiktas, while he managed Croatia for six years between 2006 and 2012; famously preventing England from qualifying through to Euro 2008.
The Hammers were reportedly keen to lure Sevilla boss Unai Emery to the club, but failed on that front after the Europa League winning manager opted to remain in south Spain. Marseille's Marcelo Bielsa, Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez and David Moyes have all featured in the betting at various points, but it now appears that Bilic's appointment is inevitable.