Slaven Bilic sacked as West Ham outline what successor must do

Date published: Monday 6th November 2017 11:03

Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager this morning.

Bilic met with joint-chairman David Sullivan this morning and it was been decided that Bilic will not see out the remainder of his contract, which expires in the summer.

The Hammers lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday.

A statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his position with the club.

“The Chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven and his team for their services over the past two-and-a-half years, but believe a change is now necessary in order for the Club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.

“West Ham United can confirm that Bilic’s coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the Club with immediate effect.

“The Club’s search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is underway and an announcement regarding Bilic’s successor is expected to be made over the coming days.

Ahead of talks today, David Moyes, the former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss, used a television appearance to make it clear he was standing by to take over.

“I’m interested, yes,” he told beINSPORTS.

“I’ve had no contact from West Ham but I’ve always said I want to go back into club management. If the right opportunity comes around, I’d be interested.”

The Scot did show some empathy with Bilic, despite effectively touting for his office.

A joint-statement from Sullivan and David Gold then released a statement thanking Bilic, but claiming the club needs a manager who can organise and enthuse the squad:

“It is with disappointment and heavy hearts that we have made the decision to relieve Slaven Bilic of his duties as West Ham United manager,” read the statement.

“Since joining the Club in the summer of 2015, Slaven has conducted himself throughout with honesty and integrity, and shown great determination and commitment to the role.

“In his first season – our final campaign at the Boleyn Ground – he led the team to a memorable finish that no Hammers fan will ever forget, and gave us a 3-2 victory against Manchester United in our final home game there that will go down in West Ham United history.

“During the summer, the Board invested heavily signing the players Slaven believed would complete the squad he needed to push the Club back towards the level we had reached in his first season, and we believe we have the players capable of doing that.

“Sadly, performances and results have not been of the expected standard and, in recent weeks, we have not seen enough indication of the required improvement to give us the encouragement that things would change and we would meet our Premier League aspirations this season.

“As custodians of the Football Club it is our responsibility as a Board to do what is best for West Ham United, and we believe a change is now necessary to ensure we can begin to move the team back in the right direction.

“We see this as an exciting opportunity to appoint a quality manager to the position to inject fresh ideas, David Sullivan and David Gold into a very talented squad.

“We would like to thank Slaven for his efforts and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours. He will always be welcome at London Stadium, as a former player and manager who always gave everything for the Club. We would also like to place on record our sincere thanks to the team of coaches that assisted him.

“We will now focus our entire efforts on bringing in the manager we believe can get the best out of the current squad of players and steer the Club towards the top half of the table as quickly as possible.”

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