Encouragement for West Ham as Carlo Ancelotti talks for the first time since Bayern sacking

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of FC Bayern Muenchen attends the Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference at Westin Grand Hotel on July 31, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

Carlo Ancelotti has spoken for the first time since his sacking by Bayern Munich and his words will be welcomed by West Ham United.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on September 30, 2017 in London, England.

With Slaven Bilic's future uncertain West Ham United have been linked with a move for Carlo Ancelotti after his sacking by Bayern Munich.

Bilic has been under increasing pressure with the Hammers enduring a difficult start to the new season with just two wins from their first seven Premier League matches.

West Ham's poor form is a hangover from a disappointing season last term which ended with a satisfactory 11th place finish but came after a number of flirtations with the relegation battle.

The likes of Thomas Tuchel, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Mancini have been linked as possible replacements for Bilic.

Now after his sacking from German giants Bayern, former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti is the latest to be linked, as reported by the likes of The Daily Mail.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of FC Bayern Muenchen attends the Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference at Westin Grand Hotel on July 31, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

There would likely be a queue of clubs from across Europe for Ancelotti's signature.

But comments from the Italian's first interview since his sacking offer encouragement to West Ham after he confirmed his desire to return to the Premier League - where he enjoyed his time in London managing Chelsea.

"I want to manage," Ancelotti told Sky Sports.

"Not this season, maybe next season (either) in the Premier League or at another club.

"The only thing I want to do is to train."

Back in 2011, the then Chelsea manager told the now defunct News of the World he would happily manage newly-relegated West Ham to stay in English football as speculation swirled that he would be replaced by the Blues.

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

"I would coach West Ham - why not,” he told News of the World.

"It's a challenge to manage a team outside of the top four and even in the Championship. The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing and I can say the same about football in the Championship."

It is thought Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold will part company with Bilic when his contract expires next summer, at which time Ancelotti will be available after his 10 month hiatus.

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