Three reasons why Slaven Bilic should be West Ham's new manager

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Slaven Bilic has been linked with a return to West Ham as their new manager.

With manager Sam Allardyce looks likely to leave West Ham United when his contract expires this summer, and a host of managers have already been linked with the job - including ex-Hammers defender Slaven Bilic.

The Daily Mail believe that the former Croatia boss is a target for West Ham having impressed with Besiktas, whilst his history with the club will no doubt be a factor in their pursuit - and here are three reasons why West Ham should make Bilic their new manager this summer.

Availability

Besiktas president Fikret Orman recently told newspaper Hurriyet that Bilic will leave the Turkish side this summer, becoming a free agent despite having one more year left on his contract. With Allardyce almost certainly on his way out, Bilic's availability should make him a prime candidate for the job - saving the Hammers from having to pay a compensation fee for a new manager.

Familiarity

Bilic, 46, spent over a year with West Ham as a player, becoming something of a cult hero at Upton Park before leaving for Everton in 1997. Whilst it's almost 20 years since he played for West Ham, the Croatian will not only be familiar with his surroundings but would also have a rapport with the fans - two things which would give any new manager a head start.

Record v Premier League teams

This season, Bilic has faced Liverpool and Tottenham twice each in the Europa League, and enjoyed a relative amount of success. His Besiktas side beat and drew with Spurs in the group stage, whilst they also knocked Liverpool out of the competition in a two-legged affair. It's a small sample size, but it bodes well for West Ham's hopes in the Premier League if they do appoint Bilic.

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