Martin Allen: The coach West Ham must look at appointing if Sam Allardyce leaves

Martin Allen is keen to see West Ham open talks with Slaven Bilic should Sam Allardyce leave the club.

It appears as if Allardyce’s time as West Ham manager is set to conclude at the end of this season, and Hammers legend Martin Allen has told talkSPORT that he would like to see the club appoint Slaven Bilic as his replacement.

The 190-game legend said: “Slaven Bilic has been a world class footballer and was a tremendous servant to West Ham United. He’s a very intelligent man, in business and in football. He would be one you would look at.”

Bilic himself is something of a legend at the Boleyn Ground, with his reputation made during his year-and-and-half long stay in East London in the late 1990’s. Impressive performances saw a move to Everton come about, but he has lived long in the memories of the Hammers fans.

As a manager, he has also enjoyed a wealth of success, with impressive spells in charge of Hajduk Split, Croatia and Besiktas separated by a slightly poor stay with Locomotive Moscow.

The 46-year-old certainly is one of the most promising coaches in world football at the moment, and he could be the perfect coach to rejuvenate the Hammers and move them into European contention.

The East London club are keen on progressing in the coming seasons, and Bilic has both the ability, and the backing of the support, making him a perfect candidate to take charge of the Hammers this summer.

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