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Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager after over 2 years in charge.

Bilic's last game in charge was Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at London Stadium which left the club in the relegation zone.

West Ham said the club believed a change was necessary "to move forward positively and in line with their ambition".

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes has been strongly linked with succeeding Bilic.

Speaking to reporters as he left West Ham's training ground, Bilic said: "There are no hard feelings. I can be very proud of my work here.We didn't start this crucial season well. As in many clubs across Europe, the manager is the one who pays the price. It's a very logical move."

A statement from joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said Bilic had conducted himself with "honesty and integrity" and the decision to sack him had been made "with disap­po­in­tment and heavy hearts".

"We see this as an exciting opportunity to appoint a quality manager to the position to inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a very talented squad," they said.

West Ham say Bilic's coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the club with immediate effect. Chris Woods, who was goalkeeping coach under Moyes at Everton and United, is the only member of the coaching staff to remain.

A club statement said: "The search for a new manager to take West Ham United forward is under way and an announcement regarding Bilic's successor is expected to be made over the coming days,"

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