West Ham agree terms with Bilic - but no announcement yet

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 8th June 2015

Slaven Bilic has agreed to become West Ham United's 15th full-time manager - although no announcement looks likely tonight.

Earlier this evening (Monday) football agent Muzzi Ozcan, a personal friend of Bilic's posted a message via Twitter claiming that the former Hammers defender had agreed terms with the club.

However West Ham are still maintaining that a final decision on the appointment is yet to be made, with one other candidate - believed to be Marseille's Marcelo Bielsa - still said to be in the frame.

46-year-old Bilic held talks with West Ham's co-owner David Sullivan last weekend - the second occasion on which the two parties have met. He was also represented by his agent who, like his client, had met Sullivan previously.

Negotiations proved productive and terms of a long-term contract, that will see Bilic lead West Ham into the Olympic Stadium barring any disasters next season, were agreed - although crucially, no deal was signed.

Bilic, who parted company with his previous club Besiktas last month has long been linked with the West Ham job. He was voted as the fans' second favourite (behind Roberto Mancini) to succeed Alan Curbishley in a KUMB Poll as far back as September 2008.

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