Next stop West Ham? Bilic decides to leave Besiktas

The 46-year-old, who played for the Hammers in the 1990s, has long been linked with a role at Upton Park and is now odds-on favourite following Sam Allardyce's exit

25.05.2015 11:51:43

Slaven Bilic has announced he is to step down as Besiktas manager amid rumours linking him with the vacant West Ham job. The 46-year-old, who played for the Hammers between 1996 and 1997, has long been touted as a possible manager at Upton Park, dating back to his time in charge of the Croatia national team. Sam Allardyce's departure from West Ham has confirmed minutes after Sunday's final game of the season, with co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan sounding out possible candidates for some time. Marcelo Bielsa was the key target earlier in the season, with the Marseille manager refusing to rule out an exit as the Ligue 1 season concluded on Saturday, but is understood to have rejected the switch. Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had also been lined up, but now appears to be on the verge of taking over from Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, leaving Bilic the odds-on favourite. "I won't be Besiktas' manager next season. I'm proud of what I've done here," Bilic told reporters following Sunday's 2-0 derby loss to Galatasaray, which saw Besiktas miss out on Champions League qualification.

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