Bilic expects to leave Besiktas


bilicFormer 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 monthsΒ 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.

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  • rugbyirons says:

    Snap him up.it’s hardly a gamble.

  • wjo1974 says:

    Get him in. Koeman had even less Prem experience and look what he has done this year. At least Billic has played in the league. Think he would be very progressive and whilst Rafa would be amazing I think the first sign of it not going well or not getting exactly what he wants he will be off.

  • bubs says:

    Just another yes from me,he had enough experience playing in the premier and has World Cup experience as well.

  • Hinckley Hammer says:

    I remember Slaven as a player at West Ham and how much desire he displayed whilst on the field of play. He has continued this in his management style and I would welcome his appointment to replace Sam. COYI.

  • mattefumi keeps the faith says:

    Why not? Bilic you’re welcome.

  • TysonM says:

    Would like to seem him come to us.But so far i think i have said that about every name put in the frame,lol.All of them are more appealing than two more yrs of Houdini the Hippo πŸ˜‰

  • mattefumi keeps the faith says:

    ahaha… I know Ty, we’re desperate… lol If Hugh wrote “Yogi Bear possible next manager” I would say: “Why not?”… lool

  • TysonM says:

    Lol,but if we got Yogi Bear someone would complain it was only a sideways step compared to Sam πŸ˜€

    • mattefumi keeps the faith says:

      hmmmm… maybe you are right… I hadn’t thought about it… looool

  • Hinckley Hammer says:

    It will all feel a whole lot better in a week or so, as we will be looking forward to a brighter future with a new manager. I’m not going to repeat my views or those of the vast majority of Irons fans, as I’m determined to be positive now after a miserable run of games since Christmas. Bilic, Rafa, Klopp, Moyes etc all good alternatives, but please do not appoint McClaren!

  • TysonM says:

    Well there are limits Hinckley,i think even i would ask Sam to sign a ten year contract rather than have McClaren πŸ˜€

  • Hinckley Hammer says:

    I think Yogi and Boo Boo as assistant manager are all of a sudden looking rather atractive if we are seriously considering the wally with the brolly Tyson! Lol

  • bubs says:

    That’s what I said last week Di Cannio ( yogi ) and Zola ( bo bo )
    I agree McClaren would be a backward move,
    Bilic knows us has a heart, but sooner have Rafa,Emery or Biesla
    Howe or Poyet would do,

  • Hinckley Hammer says:

    Sorry Bubs, I missed your post re Yogi and Bo Bo!
    Either way we have a lot to look forward to with hopefully a decent new manager alongside at least 5 new signings for next season. My view is now to shake hands with BFS and wish him well at Fulham or wherever he ends up and we look towards a much brighter future.COYI.

  • bubs says:

    No problem Hinckley,
    There seems to be a lot of good managers in the mix,
    Let’s just the Marbella trip is not like the X Factor where they send the good ones home and Mrs Brady grabs BFS AND SAYS you are in my top 1
    Pinch me again bad dreams,not the BFS bit its Mrs B head on Lousie Walses body ( nasty )
    Got to go lads be back later one hour in front of you got to jog down the road ( for a beer )

  • StingRay Stewart says:

    If The Telegraph story of Hippo being out the door within 24hrs of the end of the Barcode game that will be happy days.We will have to wait to see.Fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

  • GW says:

    Bilic,Klopp,Benitez,Howe,De Boer I don’t really care all have a undoubted passion for playing the game the right way….All are better options than than the self proclaimed “Messiah”…..

  • Boys of '66 says:

    Well he is a good option,hardly a sideways step,this now infamous phrase banging about on sites.What the **** is a sideways step where Allardyce is involved.Kermit the Frog would be a side ways step if compared to Hippo right now.I hate that sideways step statement.Idiots who know little about the managers involved but say they will be a sideways step.********s.

  • HammerJeff says:

    I do rate Bilic, but he didn’t hang around once Everton were sniffing after him! #justsaying!

  • Rads says:

    Is true Jeff,didnt play many games for us at all.But if my memory serves me right he still got a great send off at the end of his last game for us.Just seemed to be something about the geezer that we took to πŸ˜‰

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