Slaven Bilic to be appointed new West Ham manager
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Slaven Bilic is set to be appointed the new West Ham manager on Tuesday, Football Insider sources understand.
The former Hammers defender was interviewed for the vacant post over the weekend and is believed to have been offered the job by the board.
West Ham released a statement on Monday afternoon to announce they hoped to make an appointment “within the next 48 hours”.
Bilic, 46, could be announced as the new boss as early as Tuesday following his departure from Besiktas at the end of the season.
He is aware that he was not the original first choice to succeed Sam Allardyce but has made no secret of his ambition to manage a Premier League club.
Football Insider revealed on May 21 that West Ham would turn to Bilic after failing with an ambitious attempt to lure Rafael Benitez to Upton Park, and talks with the club’s former centre-back continued last week.
Co-owners Sullivan and David Gold have been working on a list of potential managers to take the club into the Olympic Stadium the season after next.
Benitez had been set to accept the post before he was offered the Real Madrid job while Real Sociedad’s David Moyes and Sevilla’s Unai Emery were also sounded but they were not willing to leave their respective clubs.
“West Ham United’s search for a new manager looks to be entering its final stages, with the Club hoping to make an announcement within the next 48 hours,” read a statement on West Ham’s website on Monday.
“The Board cleared their diaries and spent the weekend meeting and interviewing applicants and, with the shortlist now narrowed down, talks are entering an advanced stage with the favoured candidates.”