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OPINION: Who could replace Slaven Bilic as West Ham United’s boss?

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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West Ham United Manager Slaven Bilic faces an uncertain future as he meets with David Gold and David Sullivan later this week
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Following the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, it’s become increasingly clear Slaven Bilic’s future at West Ham may not continue for too much longer. Large sections of fans have started infighting again and it’s being felt throughout the Hammer’s Community.

With that being said, I’ve had a few debates on Social Media as to who would be best suited to take up the position of Manager should David Gold and David Sullivan terminate Slaven’s contract with the Club.

5: David Wagner - Current team: Huddersfield Town

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David Wagner has already proven his critics wrong by showing Huddersfield’s lethal fight to staying in the Premier League
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The Terriers’ boss already has a lot to be proud of since leading Huddersfield Town to the Championship Play-Off’s last season. His time at Huddersfield has been somewhat fruitful, especially as he has currently lead the Terriers to 2nd so far in the Premier League.

He typically comes off as a young, eager manager with a point to prove, which is also shown on the pitch as his team usually lines up in an offensive, yet somewhat defensive, manner.

Wagner would be a suitable manager for West Ham United, however it is unlikely he’d leave Huddersfield Town as he still has a lot of work to do with the newly-promoted side.

4: Glenn Roeder - Current Team: Stevenage (Managerial Advisor)

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Glenn Roeder in charge of Norwich City in 2008
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Should Roeder make a return to management, he could return back to West Ham United for a second term with the Hammers. Despite taking charge between 2001 and 2003, Roeder did have some major challenges in this position.

Despite relegating West Ham at the end of the 2002/03 season, he did have some personal issues which hampered his management position with West Ham. Ideally, he could work well again for West Ham, but this would only be if he had the support of every West Ham fan who went to the games, both home and away.

However, this is unlikely to happen as Roeder currently serves as Managerial Advisor to Stevenage at present.

3: Roberto Mancini - Current Team: Zenit St. Petersburg

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Roberto Mancini in charge of Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia
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The former Manchester City manager is a worthy candidate for the position of Manager of West Ham United. Mancini was heavily linked with the Manager’s position at the Club last season following yet another rot of bad luck for the Hammers.

However, there is somewhat of a difficult position West Ham would face. Mancini has recently signed with Russian outfit FC Zenit St. Petersburg, and has lead them to the top of the table at date of writing.

With his time at Manchester City, Mancini lead the Cityzens to their first Premier League win in the (Premier League era) with that nail-biting final game of the 2011/12 Premier League season with a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium.

He was unceremoniously sacked by Manchester City just two days after the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic in which City lost the Cup.

2: Eddie Howe - Current Team: AFC Bournemouth

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe watches before the Premier League match against Manchester City
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First and foremost, it should be noted Eddie Howe has done absolute wonders for AFC Bournemouth over his two stints in charge of the Cherries. Leading a team from the bottom of League Two through to the Premier League in just a short amount of time.

His current spell at Bournemouth has been rich with success as he’s managed to get AFC Bournemouth from the Championship to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.

Howe would be an ideal manager for West Ham United, however it would be incredibly difficult to pull him away from the South Coast as he is tied to Bournemouth, not just as manager but as a fan. Although it’d be nice to see him take charge at the London Stadium, it’s highly unlikely to see him as Manager of West Ham United.

1: Terry Westley - Current Team: West Ham United U23 Development Squad

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Terry Westley - Manager of the U23 Development Squad with West Ham United
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Okay, hear me out with this one...

Terry is a West Ham United staff member who is in charge of the U23 Development Squad who has already established himself as a decent manager, leading the U23’s to a hugely successful promotion from the Premier League 2 Division 2 to the Premier League 2 Division 1 last season as well as developing some of our younger players such as Reece Oxford, Declan Rice, Toni Martinez, Dominigos Quina and Dan Kemp to name a few.

He has also had the experience of working alongside Slaven Bilic throughout Slav’s tenure as Manager of the First Team so he’s been able to pick up a few things here and there to integrate into his system.

While there is a step up between the U23’s and the First Team, He could be the man for the job, even if it’s just as a caretaker manager to begin with. Westley would be an ideal candidate for this position as Manager at West Ham, but only if a suitable Manager for the U23’s could be found.

Should Westley be promoted to First Team Manager, I think we’d see a change in the way West Ham play, and potentially a sudden stop to the rot we’re currently finding ourselves in.

However, all of this change in manager talk is purely opinion as Slaven Bilic does have a meeting with David Gold and David Sullivan later this week to discuss poor results and possible changes to Slaven’s training techniques among other topics as well.

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Slaven Bilic watches on at St. James Park during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United
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Personally, my opinion on Slaven has changed slightly as I have begun to lose a little bit of faith in the Croat. I think he is a good manager, but something isn’t quite working between him and the dressing room at the moment. It also doesn’t help that loanee Robert Snodgrass gave a somewhat damning interview with the Birmingham Mail in which he cited Slaven Bilic as his main reason for leaving West Ham to Aston Villa.

No matter what happens, I think I speak for all West Ham fans when I say we need someone who will definitely help us get to where we need to be. On paper, we have a stand-out team with a lot of experience and youth, something which could be a perfect blend of both worlds, however I personally believe we need someone who will be the blender, so to speak.

Let us know who you think could take up the position of Manager should Slaven Bilic be sacked from West Ham United by using the comments section down below!

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