West Ham have confirmed that Slaven Bilic has been sacked effective immediately from his position as manager of the club.
Bilic oversaw an incredibly poor run of form for the club recently, as the club won just one of their last 5 Premier League fixtures under his management.
The Croatian boss has been under intense scrutiny for a while now, and the board had backed him through much of his struggles, but a 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool finally seemed to be the last straw, as they slipped into the relegation zone.
The Hammers have won just 2 games out of the 11 in the league so far, drawing 3 but losing 6 times. Although a shock 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup last week looked to have restored some faith, they were back to square one with a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace and the defeat to the Anfield club in the following two games.
West Ham’s patience has finally gone thin, and a decision has been taken to let him and the rest of his backroom staff go. The club confirmed Bilic’s departure on their official website in a statement, which read: “West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his position with the Club.
“The Chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven and his team for their services over the past two-and-a-half years, but believe a change is now necessary in order for the Club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.
“West Ham United can confirm that Bilic’s coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the Club with immediate effect.
“The Club’s search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is underway and an announcement regarding Bilic’s successor is expected to be made over the coming days.”
Bilic has been with the London club since 2015, and led them to their highest ever points total in the Premier League in their final season at the Boleyn Ground. He leaves the club with a 34% win rate, having overseen 87 games, with 30 wins, 26 draws and 31 defeats. The club is now on the lookout for a replacement, and David Moyes is being tipped to take over, according to reports.
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