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Bilic angrily blanks questions over West Ham job

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has blanked questions over the West Ham United job.

Bilic was installed as one of the favourites for the post when Gianfranco Zola was sacked earlier this month, but his name has faded in recent days following the resignation of Avram Grant at Portsmouth.

When asked about the matter the 41-year-old waved away the question and stood up to leave the room at the Gradski Stadium.

That came after he had spoken of his regard for his opposite number on Sunday, the Wales manager John Toshack, and respect for his team.

Former Liverpool striker Toshack has managed clubs such as Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Besiktas in a distinguished career.

Bilic said: "Who am I to judge John Toshack? When I was a kid he was one of the greatest strikers in Europe with Liverpool and he managed Real Madrid and other top clubs.

"As a player and a manager he has had a great career.

"He is Welsh and I know that he is enjoying this job and I have a big respect for him."

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