By George Overhill

16th Apr, 2023 | 12:30pm

West Ham United manager update amid Rush Green talk of Slaven Bilic return if David Moyes sacked

There has been talk at the West Ham training ground that former favourite Slaven Bilic could be brought in to replace a sacked David Moyes, according to The Guardian.

The Scot was thought to be one defeat from the sack following the 5-1 collapse against Newcastle on 5 April, but appears to have saved his job for now with a scrappy 1-0 at Fulham three days later.

Having felt that suitable replacements are unavailable throughout the season it took a loss in the desperate manner of the one to the Magpies to move the board towards action, but while it was unclear what the alternative then was there was some speculation at Rush Green that former player and manager Bilic would come in as interim.

Jacob Steinburg wrote in The Guardian of the contingency plan if Moyes had lost at Fulham: “It could have forced West Ham into an interim appointment. There was talk around the training ground that Slaven Bilic, who left West Ham in November 2017, was being considered on a short-term basis.”


Clearly the board haven’t been able to put any real plan in place to get safely through to the end of the season otherwise Moyes would have gone some time ago.

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His popularity with the West Ham fans has plummeted throughout the season as his previous achievements have given way to a miserable season of disappointment.

The Fulham result has probably now given him to the end of the campaign so frustrated fans will just have to hope for the best until then.

Bilic may not be the man for the long haul but it would have brought the supporters back on side if he had been parachuted in at this stage.

And if there is chat at the training ground about replacements for Moyes then he is surely not set to remain in charge past the end of the season.

Best-case scenario is now for the Scot to stumble to Premier League safety and cap off what has overall been a positive reign with the Europa Conference League before departing with some good will still in check.

Fail on both of those fronts and it likely sours the relative good times over the previous two seasons though.