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It looks like an old West Ham favourite is on his way back to replace Big Sam

Slaven Bilic is reported to be leaving Besiktas.

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SLAVEN BILIC, WHO has been linked with a move to the English Premier League, confirmed he will leave Turkish club Besiktas at the end of the season.

Bilic made the announcement following his team’s 0-2 loss to Istanbul rivals Galatasaray on Sunday which means his side can only finish third in the Super Lig.

Of course a decision has been taken. You know that decision already. Of course I will not continue as coach of Besiktas,” he said, quoted by Turkish media, including the Hurriyet daily.

“I take all responsibility on myself. Besiktas begins each season with the target of being champions and for the two seasons we have not been champions. There are reasons but the primary responsibility is mine.

His departure from Besiktas comes as Bilic is being closely linked to a return to West Ham in the English Premier League, where he had a playing spell in the 1990s.

Bilic arrived in Istanbul two seasons ago from Lokomotiv Moscow and became a hugely popular figure among the club’s famously left-leaning and anti-establishment fans.

The high point of his season was a thrilling win against Liverpool in the Europa League, but the club was then knocked out in the next round and its Super Lig bid faltered badly in the final games of the season.

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