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Writing's on the wall for doomed Bilic with Moyes waiting in the wings

West Ham United 1-4 Liverpool

Bubble burst: Slaven Bilic is set to be axed by West Ham
Bubble burst: Slaven Bilic is set to be axed by West Ham

By Andy Sims

David Moyes has confirmed he is interested in taking over as West Ham manager, with incumbent Slaven Bilic expected to learn his fate today.

The Croatian is facing the axe following the 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Saturday evening and it's understood he is set to meet joint-chairman David Sullivan.

Ahead of those crunch talks, Moyes used a television appearance to make it clear he was standing by to take over.

"I'm interested, yes," he said. "I've had no contact from West Ham but I've always said I want to go back into club management."

The Scot did show some empathy with Bilic, despite effectively touting for his office.

"For me to get back in it means another manager is going to have to lose their job and I wouldn't wish that on anybody," he said.

"He (Bilic) must be hating it and wanting to get a result as soon as he can. So if it becomes available, yes, but at the moment it's not available."

Asked if he might be managing again after the forthcoming international break, he added: "I really don't know. I hope so."

The Hammers' hierarchy wanted Bilic, the man they appointed in June 2015, to stay until the end of the season and see out his three-year contract.

But the manner of Saturday's latest capitulation at the London Stadium has forced the board to consider drastic action.

Moyes has also been linked with the vacant Scotland job but sees that assignment coming later in his career. "I don't know if it's right for me just now, I think my preference is to go back into club management," he said.

Meanwhile, Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell admitted the players have been letting Bilic down.

Cresswell said: "Every player knows we've not been good enough, both individually and as a team.

"We're at the bottom end of the table and it's not easy."

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