Roy Hodgson resigns: Slaven Bilic not 'slightest bit interested' in England job, says West Ham co-chairman David Gold

Hodgson vacated his post in the immediate aftermath of England’s farcical Euro 2016 exit

Samuel Stevens
Wednesday 29 June 2016 14:16
comments
Slaven Bilic impressed during his first season at West Ham
Slaven Bilic impressed during his first season at West Ham

Slaven Bilić, the West Ham boss, would not be “the slightest bit interested” in succeeding Roy Hodgson as England manager, according to the east London club’s co-chairman David Gold.

Hodgson vacated his post in the aftermath of England’s farcical Euro 2016 exit in France, brought about by a 2-1 second-round defeat by minnows Iceland on Monday, before the Football Association suggested they could approach a foreign coach.

Bilić worked with the Croatia national side for six years before leaving for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012, notably beating Steve McClaren’s England at Wembley in 2008 – a result which saw the hosts miss out on qualification for Euro 2008.

“He managed his own country and I don't believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England,” Gold told Sky Sports.

“He told us at his interview for this position that his mission was to manage at the highest level in England - the Premier League - with the club he loves West Ham United. England is simply not part of Slaven's mission.

“He is a very, very loyal man. He is loyal to his backroom team and to the board. We have backed him 100 per cent and he us - our commitment to each other is total.

“This is his club and he is on his way to great thing at the Olympic Stadium. I don't believe he will be tempted away by anything.

“Slaven has clearly caught the imagination not only of West Ham fans, but those around the country with his TV appearances - but England? No, I am totally convinced that won't happen. The most important issue is whether he would want it and I don't believe he would. His passion and commitment to this club is total.”

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments