Sullivan explains what Bilic must prove next season to receive new West Ham contract

Slaven Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic won't receive a new contract until next season, according to co-chairman David Sullivan.

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told The Mirror that he won't offer Slaven Bilic a new contract until he proves he isn't a one-season wonder.

Bilic, 47, left Turkish side Besiktas last summer and after weeks of speculation, made his return to West Ham as the club's new manager, having played for the club as a defender during the 1990's.

Moving on from the steady Sam Allardyce and going with the Croatian was seen as a major gamble for the Hammers, but co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have been proven completely right so far.

West Ham sit fifth in the Premier League table, just one point off a Champions League place and even sit one step away from the FA Cup semi-final, with a replay against Manchester United coming up.

It's been a quite stunning first season for Bilic, and his exploits are bound to attract interest, with fans keen to see the Croatian tied down to a new contract in the coming months.

However, co-chairman David Sullivan has told The Mirror that he won't be offering Bilic a new contract until January 2017 - and the reason for that is because he wants to see whether Bilic is a 'one-season wonder'.

Sullivan added that Bilic isn't interested in money, and is focused on the project with the Hammers, given that the club are growing on and off the pitch ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

"I will give Slaven a new deal in January," said Sullivan. "I just want to see that he is not a one-season wonder. I’m sure he is not, but we will talk next January — or at the end of next season. I have to tell you that he is interested in the project, not money."

"He stayed at Croatia on £2,000 a week for five years when he would have had bundles of offers. He is not really into money. He is more interested in getting the best players for the club than the best money for himself," he added.

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