Slaven Bilic linked to West Ham again

Updated: May 13, 2015

Volkan Çelik

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Volkan Çelik

Former West Ham star Martin Allen believes Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic will be high up on West Ham’s list of replacements for Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers’ chief’s contract expires at the end of the season, and neither party looks eager to agree a renewal.

Allardyce has faced criticism from some sections of fans for his perceived negative style of play and was close to losing his job last summer.

A renaissance, of sorts, has taken place this season but the former Bolton and Blackburn chief still looks unlikely to remain at Upton Park.

Bilic, who spent 18 months at the Boleyn Ground during his playing days, has impressed as manager of Croatia and, more recently, as Besiktas boss.

And Allen believes the former Everton centre-half will be high up on the owner’s list of candidates.

“Slaven Bilic has been a world class footballer and was a tremendous servant to West Ham United,” he told TalkSport “He’s a very intelligent man, in business and in football. He would be one you would look at.”