Neil Warnock explains why West Ham settled for Bilic as new manager

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Former Premier League boss Neil Warnock doesn't feel Slaven Bilic was West Ham's first choice as their new manager.

Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock told talkSPORT why he thinks West Ham settled for Slaven Bilic as their next manager.

The dust has settled on Bilic becoming the new boss of the club, replacing Sam Allardyce who wasn’t offered a new contract after last season.

Some high profile managers were mentioned for the West Ham job such as Jurgen Klopp, mentioned by the Daily Mirror, and Carlo Ancelotti, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

“I think everyone is out to make a verdict on that. I’m not sure Bilic was the first choice. It’s not easy to get a manager at that top level who fits every criteria,” he said.

“I think they went for a manager, not to appease the fans, he is a good manager, but I think they went for Bilic because some of the other targets just weren’t possible.”

Regardless of whether Bilic was first choice for the Hammers, he is the man who has been tasked with taking the club forward over the next few months.

He has a lot going for him in terms of the job he could potentially do and he’ll have fans on side because he was popular during his days as a West Ham player.

It’s important that Bilic gets the club offer to a good start because there was a great deal of frustration among the club’s support base last season.

Fans just want to see a side that’s trying and playing entertaining football on a weekly basis.

The aim for next season will be a top eight finish and some progression in the Europa League and Bilic is certainly capable of success on both of those fronts.

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