West Ham appoint Slaven Bilic as their new manager
Former Croatia and West Ham defender to replace Sam Allardyce
Slaven Bilic has been named as the new West Ham manager on a three-year deal. Photo: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA
The former defender spent 18 months as a player at Upton Park and has previous managerial experience with Hajduk Split, Croatia and Besiktas, who he left last month having guided them to third place in the Turkish Super Lig.
The club’s co-owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, and the vice-chairman, Karren Brady, interviewed Bilic over the weekend, with the 46-year-old having made clear his desire to return to east London.
They had explored numerous options since the departure of Allardyce and had hoped to lure Rafael Benitez until the former Liverpool manager was unveiled by Real Madrid.