West Ham legend Cottee rates Bilic as ideal Zola replacement

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee believes Croatia coach Slaven Bilic would be an ideal replacement for sacked manager Gianfranco Zola. The popular Italian was sacked this morning.

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee believes Croatia coach Slaven Bilic would be an ideal replacement for sacked manager Gianfranco Zola.

The popular Italian was sacked this morning.

Cottee said: "The fans want a manager who will bring success. The right man for me is Slaven Bilic, I think he is head and shoulders above the other candidates.

"I would love to see him return to West Ham.

"He has had a great experience with Croatia but they didn't qualify for the World Cup and if West Ham could give him an escape route I think he would take it.

"He has a lot of passion for the club and still has a place in London."

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