West Ham sack Slaven Bilic with David Moyes waiting

West Ham sack Slaven Bilic with David Moyes waiting

Two wins in 11 matches was a record too poor to keep Slaven Bilic’s job. West Ham United announced on Monday that the team had parted ways with its manager. 

Bilic, who was in his third season as manager, struck a solitary figure after his team’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

"The pressure mounts game by game and at this moment it is big,” he said after the match. "I don't feel a broken man. On the other hand, the situation for West Ham is not good and the club is above every individual.”

West Ham said in a statement: "A change is now necessary in order for the club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.

His career at West Ham started well. Having once played for the Hammers, Bilic replaced Sam Allardyce after the team finished in the second half of the table for a second year in a row. 

In his first season, Bilic led West Ham to seventh in the table and a club-record 62 points. After that season, and after the team left Upton Park for the Olympic Stadium, however, results have been poorer.

Last season, the team finished 11th. There was also a very public break up between the team and its former marquee player, Dmitiri Payet.

After an ambitious and expensive summer that saw Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito, Joe Hart, and Pablo Zabaleta come into the club, more was expected, but results have continued to go the wrong way.

The club signaled in its statement that recent results did not inspire it to keep faith with the manager.

“We have not seen enough indication of the required improvement to give us the encouragement that things would change and we would meet our Premier League aspirations this season.”

The club called for an injection of “fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm” with its next manager.

Former Manchester United and Sunderland manager David Moyes looks set to be that man. He is expected to be appointed in the next few days.

"I am interested but at the moment that vacancy has not become available," Moyes told Bein Sports on Sunday. "I know what Slaven must be going through."

Moyes has struggled in recent years to find a successful position after his long, successful career at Everton. He left Sunderland at the end of last season after having failed to keep the side in the Premier League. His previous stints at Real Sociedad and Manchester United were also disappointments.

Bilic becomes the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season after Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace, Craig Shakespeare at Leicester, and Ronald Koeman at Everton. 

West Ham’s next match will be against Watford on 19 November.

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