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West Ham fires Bilic
    2017-November-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WEST Ham fired manager Slaven Bilic on Monday following the team’s slide into the English Premier League relegation zone and was set to hand David Moyes an opportunity to rebuild his coaching reputation as the successor.

Bilic was under pressure for weeks and acknowledged it was a “very logical move” to remove him after West Ham’s latest big loss, 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday.

“Disappointed, but not in the club. I expected it,” Bilic said outside the West Ham training ground after meeting with members of the club’s board.

The West Ham co-chairmen said they wanted a new manager to “inject fresh ideas, organization and enthusiasm” into the team and seem to have settled on Moyes, who has been out of work since May when he quit Sunderland following its relegation from the Premier League.

A success at Everton from 2002-13, Moyes lasted only 10 months as Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked replacement at Manchester United before getting fired, the job proving far too big for him.

He was fired by Spanish team Real Socieded after a year in charge before a chastening 10-month spell at Sunderland, which he failed to keep in England’s lucrative top division.

Moyes was 1-20 with British bookmakers to fill the vacancy at West Ham, with British media reporting he will be hired soon.

“I’ve always said I want to go back into club management,” Moyes said in an interview with TV channel Bein Sports on Sunday, when speculation was rife about Bilic’s imminent departure. “If the right opportunity comes around, I’ll be interested.”

West Ham has won only two of its 11 matches in the Premier League and is in third-to-last place heading into the two-week international break.

Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have a track record of mostly standing by their managers, and Sullivan said last month he wanted to honor Bilic’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season, “unless things are desperate.”

(SD-Agencies)

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