Ex-West Ham star denies rumours that he will be Allardyce's replacement

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Despite a decent start to the new season, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce continues to be linked with the sack - though Slaven Bilic may not replace him.

West Ham had an underwhelming campaign last season, and it resulted in the Hammers hierarchy demanding a more attractive brand of football from Sam Allardyce's team. Whilst that may seem like asking McDonald's to serve caviar, his side have made a decent start to the season, particularly after their impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend.

Despite that, Allardyce continues to be linked with the exit, with some sections of the Upton Park faithful still not fully behind the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss. With the pressure still on 'Big Sam', some speculation has suggested that Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic could be on the radar as a potential replacement.

The 46-year-old may have made his name during a hugely successful period as Croatia manager, but he also made 48 appearances for the Hammers as a defender in an 18-month spell with the club. Since ending his time as Croatia manager in 2012, Bilic had an unsuccessful spell as Lokomotiv Moscow boss before taking over at Besiktas, where he lost out against Arsenal in the Champions League qualifying round.

Now with rumours of a return to Upton Park, Bilic says he doesn't understand where the speculation is coming from and that he remains focused on the task at hand with Turkish side Besiktas.

"I really do not know why I'm being linked with them," he told Sportske Novosti. "I guess rumours like that are just part of this sport. I played there, now I'm a manager and it is not the first time that people are talking about me. They did that even when I was the Croatia manager."

"But the reality is that I'm just thinking about Besiktas and the work I'm doing there. I'm spending all my energy for Besiktas," he added.

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