Irons drop big Bilic hint

Slaven_BilićSlaven Bilic is in the frame as a possible next West Ham boss.

Media reports that the former Hammer could maker a hero’s return to the Boleyn next season look to be worth respect as the club continues to compile a list of possibles candidates that also includes Marseilles boss Marcelo Bielsa.

A well placed club source told ClaretandHugh, however, that it could be another two months before a final decision is taken on who will become the club’s 21st manager.

Bilic – who made 48 appearances for the club in the nineties – refused to deny there had been contact between himself and the club in Liverpool this today.

The former Hammer is on merseyside for a Europa League clash and was asked whether his future may be at the Boleyn.

He said:  “All I can say is I am happy at Besiktas. Have West Ham contacted me? I wouldn`t like to talk about that.”

Bilic, however, is  a contender with our West Ham source dropping a massive hint when telling ClaretandHugh this afternoon: “He has to say he’s happy doesn’t he?

“There are a number of irons in the fire but the situation won’t be aggressively addressed until 5-6 weeks before the end of the season.

“Currently we are looking and getting our list together because you can’t put all your eggs in one or two baskets.”



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9 comments on “Irons drop big Bilic hint

  1. Why wait till 5 or 6 weeks from the end of the season,that is only weeks away.If they fart about another team will probably come in for whoever we want.If Samasauras is going then get things moving now.Dont wait,then say we wanted a certain manager but Newcastle,QPR or whoever beat us to him.If a manager is serious about coming here he will be now just as much as in 4 weeks time.

  2. Is that the same source that said we had a number of irons in the fire in Jan when we signed nada,
    Why can’t the club just come clean and say goodbye BFS ?
    We can wait and see who comes when the season ends and if the 2 Daves are going to carry on buying the new players it’s not going to put us behind.

  3. I expressed many times my opinion: budget is for next manager. I’m happy they signed Nene till the end of the season so, if he’ll not be inside the next manager’s project, he will be free. In this moment I think we should use only the players we have. The right moment will be next summer when we’ll say good bye to BFS.

  4. “There are a number of irons in the fire”


  5. Old enough to remember him leaving us for Everton. If he is up to it fair enough, don’t know enough about his managerial record, but on previous form will see us as a stepping stone to a ‘big’ club. Careful!

  6. Let’s be real here. We are a stepping stone to a big club. There’s not a manager on the planet we could appoint that wouldn’t leave if Man Utd, City, Barcelona, Munich, Madrid, Arsenal or any of the other major players came calling.

    If Bilic or anyone else comes to us and does well enough that he’s wanted by one of the clubs in that echelon we’ll be in damn fine shape and moving up in the world.

    But we have to have ambition, and for that we need a manager that has ambition too. We’re lots of years and lots of money away from hitting that top bracket if it ever happens…but we need a man who believes we can challenge the top 4, not a man who deliberately sets expectation at survival or scraping into the top half purely to ensure he doesn’t look bad when higher up doesn’t happen.

    Allardyce sets the bar low so he can point out he never fails. Far from being truly arrogant, I believe he’s actually scared of failure…so low expectation setting, deciding some of the hard games aren’t worth trying in, and the non stop stream of excuses that never boil down to him are all par for the course in his world of self preservation.

    Even his safety first tactics are about it being easier not to try than to try and risk failure, as well as the insistance on playing ‘safe’ journeyman over young talent that just might make some mistakes along the way.

    We deserve better than that, and hopefully Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold both recognise this and can deliver on it.

  7. good summary Stubbo. Can’t disagree with any of that.

  8. Just watched Bilic,s mob loose at Liverpool if that is how his teams play away from home even if they don’t win that will do for me,
    Good adventures entertaining football and lucky break for scouters,
    Go get him 2 Daves if he wants to come bring him here now,
    Sunderland come and get BFS his all yours.

  9. They played some really good attacking football against the Spuds earlier in the season when they drew there.No hoofball with Bilics teams thats for sure,he gets them to play it about.Aint no Tomkins to Carroll philosphy in his teams.

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