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Irons replacement plans as Bilic crisis grows

West Ham could turn to Academy chief Terry Westley as a caretaker boss ahead of making attracting an  appointment until the end of the season in the event of Slaven Bilic being axed.

As reported elsewhere on the site, the manager is safe for now but has just three or four games to turn around the team’s appalling start to the season.

westleyThe club are crucially aware that in bringing his own backroom staff, Bilic has created a situation where there is no natural successor as his ‘team’ will go with him if he is fired.

This is in stark contrast, for example, with Leicester City where Craig Shakespeare took up the reins after Claudio Ranieri’ shock departure.

Ranieri himself is no longer an option as an until end of season replacement, having joined French Ligue One team Nantes as manager in June.

The Irons may promote Westley in the short term and that is a possibility should events develop into the worse case scenario but beyond that they would probably bring in a middle term boss until the end of the season.




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7 comments on “Irons replacement plans as Bilic crisis grows

  1. Westley is not the answer. The Board should have let Slav go at the end of last season and found his successor then. The writing has been on the wall for well over a season and the Board bottled it!

    • short of taking the Tardis back in time, we have to look at what the options are now, and a major option at this moment would be Westley. He would at least be a interim appointment, and could even make the job his own. There are not many top managers clamouring to lead West Ham out of their problems.
      Our 2 best managers in our history came from U23 and Youth football. ( Greenwood and Lyall )

  2. Whatever happens it literally can’t get any worse! Can’t believe people talk about more games he’s had around 100 games and now we’re going backwards, If he gets 9 points from the next 12 does that make him a good manager?! It more likely means we’ll have 20 ish points by Xmas and another flirt with disaster!

  3. The idea promoting Westley for the entire season is joke,
    As season ticket holders we didn’t sign up for that,
    3 games in, surely show a bit more ambition.

  4. Worth a punt, surely the joke is this 3 or 4 game rolling lifeline that DS and DG have given Slav since what Christmas?

  5. I have said Westley would do alright wouldnt do worse would be missed from U23# but as caretacker I can see.
    Think Jokanovic would be are best option right now if they can convince him. He likes Fulham but isn’t happy w way Tarnafers have been and work. Of offered same as Bilic being able to pick player not give a list of players he might come.
    And he plays style of football we would love here.

  6. If I understand this right the plan is to have no plan – you couldn’t make it up!

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