West Ham has announced the sacking of manager Slaven Bilic following a poor run of results which has left the club in the Premier League relegation zone.
A statement from West Ham confirmed that Bilic left his position at the club on Monday. It also added the club believed a change was necessary “to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.”
“The club’s search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is under way and an announcement regarding Bilic’s successor is expected to be made over the coming days,” added the statement.
Bilic along with his coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak also left the club with immediate effect. Only goalkeeping coach, Chris Woods, is the only member of the coaching staff to remain.
Slaven Bilic, a former Croatian defender, was appointed in June 2015 on a three-year contract. He guided West Ham to a seventh-place finish in his first season.
In the next season, he managed an 11th-place finish but that was followed by a poor start this season. The Hammers have won just two Premier League matches in this campaign and lost their first three league matches of the campaign.
On Saturday, West Ham suffered a 4-1 loss to Liverpool in what was the 49-year-old’s last game in charge.
After the game, Bilic admitted to reporters that he was under pressure. He said: “The pressure mounts game by game and at this moment, it is big.”
“I don’t feel a broken man. On the other hand, the situation for West Ham is not good and the club is above every individual.”
“I cannot say anything negative [about the owners]. They have been supportive, very good to me in my two and a half seasons, but the situation is very difficult.”
Reports out of England suggest that West Ham are in talks with former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes about the vacant position.
West Ham’s next match is at Watford on Sunday, 19 November.