Following West Ham’s “totally unacceptable” performance on Saturday the future of manager Slaven Bilic was thrown into doubt as the club publicly announced that his position is now under review and given the international break it is unlikely that Bilic will be West Ham manager by the time his players return from international duty.
Bilic has been manager at West Ham for just over 2 years but has failed to make any meaningful progress in his time at the club and their start to the season can be seen as nothing other than dreadful.
Today’s performance in their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’s Park was described by the club as “totally unacceptable”.
It’s looking 90% certain that Bilic will be gone by Tuesday which is not great timing with the transfer window slamming shut on Thursday which will not be welcome news to any incoming manager who will be unable to strengthen until January, unless the club act fast and get someone in by Wednesday.
Who will replace Bilic at West Ham?
It’s no secret that the West Ham board are big fans of Rafa Benitez the man who masterminded the 3-0 victory over them today and with him seemingly not 100% happy at Newcastle he could be tempted to make the move to London.
He’s currently favourite to replace Bilic but there are a few other names floating around that could be options for the hammers.
- Slavisa Jokanovic – Currently at Fulham where he has managed for just over 18 months the Serbian is being tipped by many to be in the running for the job.
- Simone Inzaghi – Seems unlikely at this stage but his name is floating around.
- Alan Pardew – Could former manager Pardew be set to return to the hammers? Certainly not out of the question and is being tipped.
- David Wagner – Currently managing Huddersfield who have started the season strongly. It seems unlikely that he will be tempted with a move to West Ham but he is a manager that will be linked to many Premier League jobs as they become available this season.
It’ll be interesting to see what other names come out of the woodwork in the next 24-48 hours but I would not be surprised to see a new manager in place by Wednesday to give them 24 hours to strengthen before the window shuts and give them time with their new players over the international break to get things organised…
West Ham fans, who would you like to see as your new manager?