West Ham United were set to replace David Moyes with Slaven Bilic in April - The Guardian
West Ham United were set to replace David Moyes with former manager Slaven Bilic in April had he lost a Premier League game to Fulham, report The Guardian.
The Hammers were battling against relegation for much of the domestic season, and Moyes came under major pressure before the clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage which they won 1-0 thanks to an own-goal.
And now according to Jacob Steinberg West Ham already had former manager Bilic lined up to replace Moyes had they lost that game, but are now preparing for a European cup final in Prague with the Scot at the helm.
“David Moyes would have been replaced by Slaven Bilic if West Ham had lost to Fulham in April,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account (7 June).
“It’s been a strange old season.”
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There are plenty of West Ham fans who wanted Moyes sacked then, and plenty who still want him to walk away from the club at the end of the season regardless of the result in Prague against Fiorentina.
But there have to be major question marks about whether or not the club are going in the right direction if they had planned to bring in Bilic, who was sacked years ago for not being good enough.
Bilic ended up at Watford and is currently still unemployed, and Moyes’ future is still up in the air it’s possible that the Hammers could look to move for him again if he ended up leaving.
But with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter and more available for work it would have been a crazy decision for West Ham to go with him in the first place.
Whatever happens with Moyes, whether he goes to Celtic or somewhere else, if he wins the Europa Conference League he will go down as a Hammers legend for winning a trophy and fans will never forget him.