Bilic in frame for West Ham job

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic is being linked with Alan Curbishley's job at West Ham United.

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The Hammers gave Curbishley an official vote of confidence yesterday, but the Daily Mail says should they continue to founder, Bilic would become a firm favourite to replace Curbishley once the former Upton Park favourite has guided Croatia through this summer's European Championship.

Icelandic owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and his board have concerns which stretch beyond the recent drubbings at the hands of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. Reports of player dissatisfaction with Curbishley's training ground methods have not gone unnoticed.

In addition, eyebrows have been raised about why, under the chairmanship of former ally Eggert Magnusson, Curbishley chose to gamble vast transfer fees and wages on players like Craig Bellamy, Kieron Dyer and Scott Parker, whose careers have been interrupted by injury.

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