Report: West Ham United not interested in Slaven Bilic, make Rafael Benitez number one target

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly the top candidate for the West Ham United managerial job.

West Ham United are not interested in appointing Slaven Bilic as their manager next season, according to The Daily Mail.

Bilic, a former West Ham defender, is currently in charge of Turkish giants Besiktas.

The Hammers will be without a manager at the end of the season, when Sam Allardyce’s current contract runs out.

It has been reported by The Daily Mail that Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is West Ham’s first-choice managerial candidate.

The British newspaper also claims that the Premier League outfit “are expected to hold talks with Benitez before deciding their next move.”

The Daily Mail, though, reports that West Ham believe that Bilic “is too much of a risk as he has no experience managing in the Premier League, even though he would be a popular choice with the fans.”

Bilic has experience of playing in English football with West Ham and Everton, and perhaps that should be taken into account.

While it makes sense for West Ham to opt for a manager who has worked in the Premier League before, there are many who have come to England and become successful.

However, one can understand the Hammers’ reportedly scepticism regarding Bilic. The London outfit will move to a new stadium in 2016 and have plans of making themselves regulars in the Europa League - they need a manager who can help them realise those dreams sooner rather than later.

Bilic was popular among the West Ham fans when he played for them, but perhaps caution is needed when approaching him for the managerial job.

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