After going through a tumultuous season financially, Besiktas was hoping that Slaven Bilic would carry them to the promise land in the 2014/2015 season. Unfortunately, 3rd place was not good enough for management, and it looks like Slaven Bilic will be parting ways with the team after his contract ends on May 30th. After losing 7 points in their past 3 weeks against lesser opponents, Bilic took full responsibility for the team’s downfall which led us to this point. Instead of letting him go immediately, Besiktas saves $500,000 by foregoing the coach’s early departure and Bilic has one final chance of redemption in the upcoming derby against Galatassary on May 24th.
Bilic has been coaching Besiktas since June 2013, but has not been able to get past Galatassary or Fenerbahce for the coveted 1 and 2 spots. Aside from the lack of performance, the Turkish league is now under investigation for a majority of games being fixed. It makes you wonder if Bilic’s leadership was to blame, or if there was something else going on behind closed doors, especially with such poor results to lower level teams in the past 3 weeks.
With Bilic leaving Turkey, this opens the door to a whole plethora of possibilities for the future of his career. While pushing the Vatreni to new heights in his Euro campaigns, Bilic was getting a lot of attention from the Premier League and German League clubs. With his lack of coaching experience, Bilic made the smart move and went to a lesser league to gain experience and probably a little more money. Now, with 2 years of experience in a tumultuous league, I think we see him make the move to a lower level premier team.
West Ham United: According to the odds makers in London, Bilic is only behind Rafa Benitez as the next coach of his former club West Ham. With a fresh new slate, Bilic could come in and make some serious waves at West Ham, who have not moved from the middle of the Premier League table in the last 3 years.
Liverpool: Another, more farfetched plan, is a move to Liverpool. . The Merseyside squad have been looking to pick up Mateo Kovacic for some time now. With Steven Gerrard leaving, the time is right for the team to make a move to strengthen their midfield. Since losing Suarez, Liverpool have looked anemic and their fans are looking for a positive change after losing their captain this season.
Where do you think Slaven ends up next?