B&B leading the pack

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 8th June 2015

Marcelo Bielsa and Slaven Bilic remain the two hot favourites to land the vacant West Ham job, a fortnight after previous incumbent Sam Allardyce left the club.

West Ham remain managerless after yet another weekend full of speculation, false Twitter rumours and clandestine meetings failed to produce a replacement for Big Sam.

Bielsa, the charismatic Argentine who steered Merseille towards a fourth-place finish in last season's Ligue 1 (where they finished a full 14 points behind champions Paris St Germain) is still to sign a new contract with the French club, despite a series of reports suggesting a new deal is imminent.

However the 59-year-old former manager of Argentina and Chile has thus far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal whilst the prospect of landing the West Ham job remains a possibility.

One key to landing Bielsa may be the continued pursuit of Ghanaian international Andre Ayew, who is out of contract at Marseille this summer.

Linked with a string of European clubs including Newcastle and Galatasary, the ?15m-rated, 25-year-old forward continues to be linked with a move to east London this summer where he could yet team up with Bielsa once more.

Meanwhile Bilic held talks with club officials over the weekend with view to becoming West Ham's 15th full-time manager. Although favoured by many Hammers fans, an equally large group retain major reservations over the Croat due to the manner of his departure from the club as a player in the late 1990s.

The 46-year-old's stock continues to rise, with several leading candidates - such as Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp - having now pulled out of the race to replace Allardyce.

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