Slaven Bilic has been relieved as Westham manager after recording just two victories in eleven premier league games and putting his team in the relegation zone.
The two victories of the campaign came at home to newly promoted Huddersfield Town and struggling Swansea City, the latter was courtesy of a 90th-minute winner which may never have happened.
Bilic’s time appeared to be running short when Brighton and Hove Albion stormed to a 3-0 win at the London Stadium on October 20, before his players threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at bottom club Crystal Palace.
And the former Croatia defender’s fate was confirmed by a vivid 4-1 ripping at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday, which obviously ended a reign that started in June 2015 and yielded seventh and eighth-place finishes in the top flight in the previous years.
The 49-year-old admitted his disappointment as he left the club’s Rush Green training ground on Monday morning, but insisted he did not blame the club.
“I’m sad and disappointed but not in the club,” he said.
“I expected it to be fair. It is a move that clubs are usually doing. There are no hard feelings. As time goes by I’m sure I will be proud of my work here.”
“We didn’t start this crucial season well. We had a really good, or great, or very good first season, then the second season we knew was going to be a difficult one in a transition to move to the new stadium and all the difficulties we had”.
He continued: “We coped with that at the end really good, finished middle of the table, but then this season we hoped we could make that step from the start and we just didn’t make it – as in many clubs in the Premier League and across Europe the manager is the one who pays the price.
You are always hoping and you believe in yourself that you can turn it around and do it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the move the club have made. It’s a very logical move.”
Westham was quick to confirm the sack on their website. The statement read:
“West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his position with the club,” a West Ham statement read.
“The chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven and his team for their services over the past two-and-a-half years, but believe a change is now necessary in order for the club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.
“West Ham United can confirm that Bilic’s coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the club with immediate effect.
“The club’s search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is underway and an announcement regarding Bilic’s successor is expected to be made over the coming days.”
Former Everton and Sunderland manager David Moyes is widely reported to be in line to replace Bilic, who leaves with West Ham 18th in the Premier League.
West Ham visit Watford on November 19 after the international break, with that game seemingly set to be the first test for Moyes should he get the job.
Moyes resigned his placed with Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League last season –
Moyes replaced Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light in July last year, but the former Everton and Manchester United boss claimed just six league wins in his time on Wearside as they finished bottom of the table.