London - West
Ham sacked manager Slaven Bilic on Monday after a poor run of results
that have left the club languishing in the Premier League's relegation
The club announced the departure of the Croatian, appointed in June
2015, following a chastening 4-1 loss to Liverpool at the London Stadium
on Saturday that leaves them 18th in the table and facing a fight for
Bilic, who also played for West Ham, is the fourth Premier League
managerial casualty of the season following the departures of Crystal
Palace boss Frank de Boer, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare and
Everton's Ronald Koeman.
"West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his
position with the club," the Hammers said in a statement on their
The club hierarchy "believe a change is now necessary in order for
the club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition",
the statement added.
West Ham said an announcement on a new manager is due to be made over
the coming days, with former Everton and Manchester United boss David
Moyes widely expected to replace Bilic at the London Stadium.
Bilic's assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the club with immediate effect.
Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan said the decision to axe Bilic had been made with "heavy hearts".
The pair praised Bilic for his role in the move from Upton Park to
the former Olympic Stadium, particularly the concluding win over
Manchester United in the final home game of the 2015-16 campaign, which
helped to earn a seventh-placed finish in his first season.
"During the summer, the
board invested heavily signing the players Slaven believed would
complete the squad he needed to push the club back towards the level we
had reached in his first season, and we believe we have the players
capable of doing that," they said in a statement posted on whufc.com.
"Sadly, performances and results have not been of the expected
standard and, in recent weeks, 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."
"We see this as an exciting opportunity to appoint a quality manager
to the position to inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a
very talented squad" they added.
Speaking after the chastening defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klopp's
Liverpool on Saturday, Bilic admitted he did not know if he would be
given time to turn things around.
"Of course I believe in myself," he said. "I definitely don't feel a
broken man. I'm very strong. I believe in my dedication and my previous
work. I know my value.
"On the other hand the situation for West Ham is not good. The club
is above every individual and that includes me. Are we playing well? No,
we are not. It's me that has to take responsibility."
West Ham have just two wins from 11 Premier League games, leaving
them languishing above just bottom club Crystal Palace and Swansea.
The only bright spot in recent weeks was a notable victory against
Tottenham at Wembley, when they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
In his first season in charge, 2015/16, Bilic secured an impressive
seventh-placed finish for West Ham, while last season they ended up in