Officially, West Ham cut ties with manager Sam Allardyce immediately after Sunday’s loss to Newcastle United, but that foregone conclusion has allowed them to look into their next boss for a while.
They have specific characteristics in mind for the next boss at the Boleyn Ground.
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First, and foremost, they have to follow the “West Ham Way” of playing attacking football through active backs and the promotion of youth team players. And with a surprise visit to the Europa League on the way this summer, preparations need to start soon.
The new boss is likely to oversee a European campaign starting in July, with Gold saying the club is “99.9% certain” to have reached the Europa League through the Fair Play criteria, which is expected to be confirmed this week.
Club sources say Gold and Sullivan are looking for a manager who understands the culture surrounding West Ham, and will be enthused by the stadium move.
The successful candidate will also be expected to promote the club’s academy and give young players a chance to break through into the first team.
Former Hammers defender Slaven Bilic has been labeled the favorite for the job, and he announced that he’ll quit his post at Besiktas after the season. The 46-year-old Croatian has also managed his national team, as well as clubs Lokomotiv Moscow and Hajduk Split.