Former Hammer Slaven Bilic has revealed he expects Besiktas to let him leave this summer after taking charge in the summer of 2013.
Besiktas currently sit third in the Turkish Super Lig, seven points adrift of leaders Galatasaray and Bilic has told Liga TV that he expects Besiktas to move in a different direction this summer.
He said: “My intention was to stay here. Now I don’t know if this is possible. The responsibility for the defeats is all mine,” he said after the 0-1 loss to Konyaspor on Monday.
“I am going to sit down with the management. But I know how football works, especially in Turkey. I don’t see myself being given a chance to manage Besiktas next season.”
The Croatian, who has also managed Lokomotiv Moscow, Hajduk Split and the Croatian national team, spent eighteen months as a Hammer before moving on to Everton in 1997.
Bilic is rumoured to be on a West Ham managerial shortlist and is considered second favourite by many bookies at odds as short as 4/1. Although he has no Premier League experience which might be seen by the board as a gamble the Croatian is used to working as a coach and leaving transfer negotiations to others which would suit Chairman David Sullivan down to the ground.