November 20, 2017, 1:18

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham future to be decided in 48 hours with David Moyes in talks to replace him

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham future to be decided in 48 hours with David Moyes in talks to replace him

West Ham will decide on Slaven Bilic’s future in the next 48 hours and David Moyes has confirmed his interest in the role if it becomes available.

Pressure on Bilic increased on Saturday evening when his struggling side was swept aside 4-1 by Liverpool at the London Stadium.

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West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan believe Bilic has been given enough time to turn things around and Sky Sports News understands Moyes has been approached about replacing him.

The Scotsman has also been linked with the managerial opening with his national team after Gordon Strachan left his role at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign which saw Scotland miss out on Russia 2018.

Moyes told beIN Sports: “I’ve had no contact with West Ham but I’ve always said I want to go back into club management and if the right opportunity comes around then I’ll be interested.

“I’ve been there myself, I know what Slaven is going through at the moment. He must be hating it and wanting to get a result as quickly as he can. If it becomes available yes, but at the moment it’s not available.

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“I don’t know if Scotland is right for me now and, as I have said, my preference is to back into club management. For me to get back in it means there’s a manager going to have to lose his job and I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody.”

Jason Burt thinks West Ham would be taking a huge risk appointing David Moyes to succeed Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium.

Sky Sports News understands there is alarm that the Hammers have only won two Premier League games so far this season despite Bilic making high-profile summer signings in Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Joe Hart.

West Ham sit in 17th place after 11 games and a win for Everton at home to Watford on Sunday would see them drop into the bottom three.

There are also long-standing concerns that training under Bilic is not intense enough and players are not as fit as they could be.

Bilic joined West Ham in the summer of 2015 on a contract which is scheduled to run out next summer.

Gold and Sullivan have traditionally stood by their managers during two decades in professional football.

When they owned Birmingham City, they had only five managers in 16 years, and since they bought West Ham in 2010, they have had four managers – Gianfranco Zola, Avram Grant and Sam Allardyce preceding Bilic’s appointment.

Sourse: skysports.com

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