De­feat leaves Bilic on brink as West Ham look to Moyes

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Matt Law and Sam Wal­lace

David Moyes is in pole po­si­tion to take over at West Ham United un­til the end of the sea­son should the club’s board end Slaven Bilic’s time in charge af­ter an­other em­bar­rass­ing home de­feat, this time to Liver­pool.

The 54-year-old Moyes is re­garded by the club as the best im­me­di­ate op­tion to shore up West Ham de­spite tak­ing Sun­der­land into the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, one that ended with him re­sign­ing. Bilic’s con­tract is up at the end of the sea­son and the team have no wins from their last four league games.

West Ham owner David Sul­li­van has been un­will­ing to sack man­agers mid­sea­son, or pay com­pen­sa­tion to ap­point re­place­ments, and for­mer Manch­ester United and Ever­ton coach Moyes would be avail­able with­out a cost.

Asked whether he still be­lieved he was the man to lead West Ham with the team one point out­side the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Bilic said: “Of course I be­lieve in my­self and my staff and my team and my char­ac­ter.

“I’ve been a long time in foot­ball and I’ve come so far from a small coun­try, first as a player then as a man­ager. I’m a big fighter. And I def­i­nitely don’t feel a bro­ken man.

“I’m very, very strong. On the other hand the sit­u­a­tion for West Ham is not very good. But the club is about ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and that in­cludes me. I be­lieve in my­self and I am the one tak­ing the bul­lets.”

Asked when he would speak to the board, Bilic replied “When they call me. I’m al­ways fac­ing the sit­u­a­tion, fac­ing the con­se­quences. I am not hid­ing be­hind any­thing.”

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