Slaven Bilic confirms his next job will not be in Turkey

Upton Park

The reported West Ham managerial target has been discussing his 'near future.'

Slaven Bilic has confirmed his next job after Besiktas will not be in Turkey, according to the club's official website.

The Croat has long been linked with a move to West Ham United and is the current bookmakers' favourite to succeed Sam Allardyce at Upton Park, according to sports betting website Oddschecker.

Big Sam's contract expired at the end of the most recent Premier League campaign and West Ham immediately announced that the 60-year-old will not be offered a new deal.

Bilic, a former West Ham defender, is also leaving Besiktas this season after two campaigns in Turkey.

And the Croat has confirmed that his next job 'in the near future' will be outside his current country - will it be with the Hammers?

He said: "About Besiktas, I said it so many times. I enjoyed every second of these two seasons and this club will always stay in my heart.

"I’m so proud of everything we’ve done here. In the near future, I will not be in this country. But in Turkey, there is only Besiktas for me."

Outside of Bilic, Marcelo Bielsa is second favourite for the West Ham manager's post, suggesting the owners at Upton Park are keen on looking abroad for their next head coach.

David Moyes and Eddie Howe complete the top five, however, although both are currently in place at their current clubs, making a switch to east London a little more difficult.

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