After weeks and months of speculation, West Ham United finally released a statement earlier today stating that long-serving Manager Slaven Bilic has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.
The Croat had been in charge for two years and six months and the club have thanked him for his services to the first-team and the Joint-Chairmen later released their own take on the events which partly read:
“Since joining the Club in the summer of 2015, Slaven has conducted himself throughout with honesty and integrity, and shown great determination and commitment to the role.
We would like to thank Slaven for his efforts and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours. He will always be welcome at London Stadium, as a former player and manager who always gave everything for the Club. We would also like to place on record our sincere thanks to the team of coaches that assisted him”.
Charged with being the man to take us into The London Stadium, Bilic has struggled ever since after a stellar first season, in which he guided us to The Europa League in the last season at former Ground Upton Park.
However, after an underwhelming first season in Stratford, where we ended the season in 12th position and were threatened by Relegation after a spring run of six consecutive Premier League defeats.
The Croatian was backed in the summer by David Gold and David Sullivan, signing the likes of Marko Arnautovic for a club-record fee and former Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez for not a lot less.
But, they have failed to deliver so far, much like the rest of the team, who have managed to slump to six defeats in 11 games, leaving us dangerously loitering in in 18th position.
It would seem that Saturday’s 1-4 London Stadium defeat to Liverpool was the final nail in the coffin for the former Croatia Boss, who spent much of this morning saying his goodbyes at Rush Green Training Ground before leaving for the last time at around midday.
MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to be at his final Pre-Match Press Conference in Romford on Thursday afternoon, where Bilic admitted that the game was going to be of huge magnitude with regards his future.
Leaving East London with him is Assistant Manager Nikola Jurcevic, First-Team Head Coach Edin Terzic and Fitness Coach Miljenko Rak, their departures were also confirmed by the Club earlier today.
In terms of appointing his replacement, The Board now have the liberty of an International Break to decide who the right candidate to take over might be, while Academy Director Terry Westley is expected to take the first-team for the next few days.
Nevertheless, an early frontrunner for the Job has emerged and that man is former Everton, Manchester United and most recently Sunderland Boss David Moyes.
Other names in the frame include former managers Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce, with Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti as huge outsiders, but will it prove to be Bilic out and Moyes in? Only the next few days will tell.