By Harvey Byrne
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is not interested in the England job, insists Hammers co-chairman David Gold.
The 47-year-old manager had been in charge at the Hammers since last summer and guided them to seventh place in the Premier League and a place in next season’s Europa League.
Bilic was in charge of his national side Croatia from 2006 to 2012 and he has been linked with the vacant England job after Roy Hodgson quit on Monday.
“I don’t believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England. I don’t believe he will be tempted away by anything,” Gold said to BBC Sport.
During the Croatian’s playing career he spent a year at Upton Park during the 1996-97 season and despite only being at the east London club for a year he became a fan favourite.
It is believed that the former Besiktas manager wants to lead the Hammers into their first season at their new home, the Olympic Stadium.
Bilic and West Ham have not been quiet in the transfer window this summer either after already announcing the signings of Harvard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli as well as being linked with plenty of other players around the world.
The manager coached Croatia to a 3-2 victory at Wembley in 2007 which ended England’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 and led to Steve McClaren’s dismissal from the national team.