Sunday, 7 September 2008

Four Man Shortlist Named By West Ham

West Ham United have revealed that there are four people on their shortlist for the vacant manager’s post at Upton Park, with former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, Michael Laudrup and former player Slaven Bilic all on it.

Non-executive director of the Hammers Mike Lee has confirmed that discussions are yet to be held with favourite Bilic , who is a target, but are unsure of the Croatian coach’s availability and Laudrup, who will be interviewed on Monday. While the Italian pair of Zola and Donadoni were both said to have impressed in their talks with the East London club over the weekend.

Lee told the BBC: “There's no favourite at the moment, we have set up a proper selection process.

“We have been surprised and pleased by the number of applications we have had and we are moving towards a short shortlist and ideally have a manager in place in time for the West Brom match next week.

“Slaven Bilic could potentially be on that shortlist but it depends very much upon his availability. If for whatever reason he was not available until January in terms of working with us, I'm afraid that will rule him out.

“We have a very strong shortlist and it's going to be a tough decision with some exciting candidates.

“From the meetings that have taken place so far, the two that have really shone have been Donadoni and Zola.”

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