Bilic poised for a return to West Ham, with the Croatian odds-on to replace Sam Allardyce
West Ham have parted company with Sam Allardyce as expected, with David Gold and David Sullivan looking to recruit someone who will be in charge when the club make the switch to the Olympic Stadium.
Rafael Benitez must have been on the hitlist, although the Spaniard is now being courted by Real Madrid, with the London club setting their sights a little lower as they aim to become top-half Premier League material on a consistent basis.
Slaven Bilic has emerged as the front-runner, with the former West Ham player leaving Besiktas after two years in charge.
The Croatian has previously been in charge of the national team, with Bilic having failed to win the Turkish league with Besiktas although it might not stop the West Ham owners from wanting to install him in the hot seat.
Sky Bet go as short as 3/10 about Bilic becoming the next West Ham manager, although Paddy Power go 5/6 that this happens, with the Irish firm far from convinced that this is a done deal.
Allardyce might be a tough act to follow, with the former manager having steered the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking before establishing them in the top flight again.
Allardyce said: “I didn’t want to stay. I suppose you could say it was mutual if they didn’t want me to stay either.
“I thought it was the right time to leave – and probably the right time for me and the club.
Allardyce added: “I knew it was coming and I have no problems with it. We had the discussion and I wasn’t going to sign a new contract so it was probably time to move on.
“It’s done and dusted and we both move on. West Ham have a big job appointing a new manager moving forward and I have the job of seeing my family for a change. This job is 24/7 and it’s time for me to give the family a bit more time.”
David Moyes has also been linked with the vacant position and can be backed at 8/1 with bet365 to replace Allardyce, with Roberto Di Matteo a 10/1 chance and the Italian has recently parted company with Schalke.