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Reported West Ham target Matty Cash strikes blow to Slaven Bilic's promotion hopes
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Reported West Ham target Matty Cash strikes blow to Slaven Bilic's promotion hopes

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was loved by West Ham fans during his time as both a player and a manager at the club.

The 51-year-old spent 18 months with the Hammers as a player in the mid nineties.

He took over as West Ham boss in the summer of 2015, and enjoyed a successful first couple of years in charge.

Bilic’s side’s form then dipped, however, and he was sacked just over two years ago.

The Croatian is still loved by the majority of the London Stadium faithful, however.

Slaven Bilic (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Bilic was handed the reins at West Brom in the summer of 2019, and he has done a brilliant job at the Hawthorns.

His Baggies side currently sit comfortably at the top of the Championship table, four points clear of second placed Leeds United and seven ahead of third placed Fulham.

It could have been an even greater lead for West Brom at the top of the table, however, had they held on against Nottingham Forest at the Hawthorns yesterday.

And as fate would have it, it was reported West Ham target Matty Cash who struck a real blow to the Black Country outfit’s promotion hopes, equalising for Forest deep into injury time.

Matty Cash (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Sun reported in January that West Ham wanted to sign the £18 million-rated 22-year-old.

Obviously that move failed to materialise. If Cash continues to impress in the Championship, however, and the Hammers avoid the drop, they might just go back in for him in the summer.

And Bilic will be hoping that his team will be in the top flight next season alongside West Ham.

Whether Cash will be there too, however, remains to be seen.