West Ham United have dismissed Slaven Bilic as their first-team manager.
The Premier League club, who lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday night, released a statement on their official website this morning to confirm the Croatian’s sacking.
The statement read, “West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his position with the Club.
“The Chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven and his team for their services over the past two-and-a-half years, but believe a change is now necessary in order for the Club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition.
“West Ham United can confirm that Bilic’s coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the Club with immediate effect.
“The Club’s search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is underway and an announcement regarding Bilic’s successor is expected to be made over the coming days.”
Bilic’s departure is the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season, following Ronald Koeman (Everton), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City) and Frank de Boer’s (Crystal Palace) early exits.
The Hammers sit third from bottom in the Premier League standings, one point adrift of safety, following their sixth defeat in 11 league games at the weekend.
BBC Sport claims former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland boss David Moyes is the clear favourite to succeed Bilic, 49, at the London Stadium, having already held talks with the club’s board.
The 54-year-old is set to take over The Hammers until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
Should Moyes succeed Bilic at West Ham, his first match in charge is likely to be against Watford at Vicarage Road on November 19 in the Premier League.