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Ex West Ham boss Slaven Bilic in line to land surprise new job at Greek champions Olympiacos after Champions League failure

Ex West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is in line to land a surprise new job at Greek champions Olympiacos after their Champions League failure.

The career of former West Ham player and manager Bilic has been on something of a downward spiral since he was sacked by the Hammers.

The Croatian was given the boot by West Ham in November 2017 with the club in the relegation zone.

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Bilic was replaced by David Moyes who helped lead the Hammers to safety before himself being let go in favour of Manuel Pellegrini.

Moyes has since returned and built one of the best West Ham sides in modern history.

The Scot’s 2020-21 team finished with 65 points and set a new Premier League record points total for West Ham.

That beat the previous best achieved under Bilic in that unforgettable, Dimitri Payet-inspired Farewell Boleyn season.

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Bilic is fondly remembered in east London having helped the club bid a fitting farewell to their beloved Upton Park.

Not just with a season that saw the Hammers finish only four points off Champions League football. But for the 3-2 comeback win against Manchester United in the last ever game at the Boleyn.

Things turned sour with the move to the London Stadium and Bilic was shown the door.

Since then he has had brief spells with Saudi club Al-Ittihad, West Brom and Chinese side Beijing Guoan – all ending in the sack.

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Ex West Ham boss Slaven Bilic in line to land surprise new job at Greek champions Olympiacos after Champions League failure

Bilic did lead West Brom back to the Premier League but could not keep them there, being given his marching orders halfway through the season.

Now ex West Ham boss Bilic is in line to land a surprise new job at Greek champions Olympiacos after their Champions League failure.

Olympiacos lost 5-1 on aggregate to Maccabi Haifa in Champions League qualifying in midweek.

And there are reports that could cost Pedro Martins his job despite winning the title in three of of his four years with the club, including by a mammoth 19 points last season.

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“Slaven Bilić is the candidate for his successor,” reports Germanijak.hr.

“Bilić, 53, has already received an offer from Olympiacos and is close to making a decision to accept it.

“Bilić is a former coach of the Croatian national team, as well as the coach of Lokomotiv Moscow, Beşiktaş, West Ham, Al-Ittihad, West Bromwich Albion and Beijing Guoan. 

“In the latter, the Croatian worked between January 2021 and January 2022. He had nine victories in 22 matches.”

We’re sure West Ham fans will wish Slav well in his new role if he does indeed get the job.

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