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David Gold says West Ham boss Slaven Bilic would have no interest in England job

Published 29/06/2016

Slaven BiliC, left, masterminded victory over England during his time as coach of the Croatia national team
Slaven BiliC, left, masterminded victory over England during his time as coach of the Croatia national team

West Ham co-chairman David Gold is convinced manager Slaven Bilic would not be "the slightest bit interested in taking on England".

Following Monday night's shambolic Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, the Football Association have started the search for Roy Hodgson's successor.

A foreign coach is not off the agenda as the governing body look for the best person to fill the vacancy in the long-term.

Bilic had a successful spell as manager of Croatia from 2006 to 2012, his side famously beating England at Wembley in qualifying for the 2008 European Championships which saw then manager Steve McClaren sacked.

The former West Ham and Everton defender worked as a TV pundit at Euro 2016, where his analysis on England's shortcomings was well-received.

However, Gold firmly believes the 47-year-old is committed to the Irons, who will start next season in their new home at the Olympic Stadium.

In an interview with West Ham blog site www.claretandhugh.info, Gold said: "He (Bilic) has managed his own country and I don't believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England.

"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."

Gold sees no reason for Hammers' fans to fear an official approach for the Croatian, who took up his post at Upton Park at the start of last season.

"I don't believe either the FA will come for him, as they have been down the foreign manager route and it hasn't worked. I don't believe they will go there at all," he said.

"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."

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