Next West Ham United Manager: Bilic is the bet

Slaven Bilic is a strong favourite to be named as next West Ham United manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce on Sunday.

Early betting has the 46-year-old trading at [1.83] to lead the Hammers in their final season at Upton Park before moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016-17. More than 90% of the money in the market has been wagered on Bilic.

The former West Ham hero announced he will quit current club Besiktas at the end of the Turkish Super Lig season having led the Istanbul side for two campaigns. Besiktas will end the season in third, out of the Champions League qualification spots after losing Sunday’s derby to league leaders Galatasaray. Bilic enjoyed some success against English sides this year, running Arsenal close in the Champions League qualification stage and beating both Spurs and Liverpool at home in the Europa League.

“I won’t be Besiktas’ manager next season. I’m proud of what I’ve done here,” said Bilic after the Galatasaray defeat.

Bilic, a former Croatia international with 44 caps, played 40 times for West Ham in the 1996-97 season when the east London outfit finished 14th.

No one else trades in single figures in the betting with Unai Emery, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup among the contenders.