Exclusive – West Ham legend backs ‘outstanding candidate’ to replace Allardyce

first_imgWest Ham United hero Alvin Martin has told talkSPORT Slaven Bilic is the perfect man to replace Sam Allardyce as the club’s manager.Current boss Allardyce, 60, is expected to leave Upton Park at the end of the campaign when his contract expires, with the Croatian, along with ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, linked with taking on the role.And Martin has thrown his weight behind former team-mate Bilic, insisting his excellent track record during his managerial career, despite a tough spell at Lokomotiv Moscow, proves he should be given the chance to return to Upton Park as head coach.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I wouldn’t rule Slaven out. He’s been round the game for a while now. He’s proved he could do it at international level and club level in difficult circumstances.“I know him. He’s a highly intelligent and highly motivated individual. I think he would be absolutely perfect for us [West Ham].“Slaven is the outstanding candidate for me.”last_img read more