By Danny Wright
Fenerbahce are planning a shock move to make West Ham boss Slaven Bilic their permanent successor to Dick Advocaat in the summer, according to a report.
The Express claims that the Croat has emerged as the European giant’s number one choice to take over from the former Sunderland boss, after a disappointing season that currently sees them in third place in the Turkish Super Lig.
The key Hammers man, a former manager of fierce Istanbul rivals Besiktas, is currently under a lot of pressure from the West Ham board to achieve a top-half finish.
Only goal difference is keeping the Hammers in 11th place at the moment following Friday’s stunning win against Tottenham, but the Sun have previously reported that Bilic will face the axe if he doesn’t finish tenth or above.
It is understood that Fenerbahce will offer Bilic a ‘name your price’ deal if they lose to Besiktas on Sunday and the move is likely to shock the West Ham hierarchy who have felt that the power in the relationship is in their hands.
His contract at the London Stadium doesn’t expire until the end of next season.
The 48-year-old joined the Hammers in 2015 after he refused to sign a new deal with Besiktas.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow boss achieved great success in his first season of Premier League football as he guided West Ham to the Europa League in their final ever season at Upton Park.
However this year has seen Bilic and the high-flying Hammers come back down to Earth and at one point it looked as though they were on the brink of a relegation battle.
Football Insider Verdict
If there’s one thing that could force Bilic out of the London Stadium then it is definitely the pressure that he is currently facing from the West Ham fans. The Croat has truly been a victim of his own success and the club’s supporters expected him to lead them into European places once again this term, despite lacking an in-form Dimitri Payet who decided to force a move out of East London. It will be a different kind of pressure if Bilic moves to Turkey though, but it is not one that he is unfamiliar with. It’s likely that a move to Fenerbahce would be more of a sideways step in his career if anything – but it is a huge chance to win silverware. We would expect the chance to put right what went wrong at West Ham this season would be more appealing though.
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