Departing West Ham player Guy Demel suggests Slaven Bilic is not best man for job, Marcelo Bielsa instead

The Ivorian defender believes that the Marseille coach would have been a great choice for West Ham.

West Ham finally appointed their replacement for Sam Allardyce last week, as former player Slaven Bilic agreed to take over the club. The Croatian left Turkish club Besiktas for the role and will be hoping to be a more popular gaffer than Big Sam was at Upton Park.

However, it seems West Ham players were quite keen on somebody else getting the role, according to Guy Demel.

The Ivorian full-back, who has been released at the end of his contract this summer, is quoted as telling Le Phoceen that he, and other players in the West Ham dressing room, were keen on Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa getting the job.

He stated:

"Of course I am aware of news about Olympique Marseille, so when the rumour came out we talked about it in the locker room with Morgan [Amalfitano] and other French-speaking players.

"Given the results and the performances of OM last season, we thought he would be a good choice.

"It's a big job that has been offered but, unfortunately for West Ham, it did not happen."

He then went on to mention how he would love to work under Bielsa at Marseille, the club he supported as a boy:

"Why not? OM for a 'Marseillais' is always special."

Bielsa was heavily linked with the job at Upton Park prior to Bilic getting the job. The Argentine, who has also coached Chile and Athletic Bilbao, instead decided to remain at Marseille.

He guided the French giants to a fourth place finish in Ligue 1 last term.

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