Galatasaray are eyeing West Ham’s under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic to replace Jan-Olde Riekerink, according to Sabah. The Cim Bom won their last two games and climbed above their arch rivals Fenerbahçe, but Galatasaray’s board are still not convinced about Riekerink so they’re looking for other possible candidates to replace him.
Galatasaray’s board are understood to be giving Riekerink time to turn things around until the mid-season break but if he fails they have other candidates to replace him, most notably West Ham’s Bilic and league leader Başakşehir’s Abdullah Avcı.
If the club make a change they’re planning to appoint a manager for the long term and are ready offer this manager a project for 3-4 years.
West Ham’s Bilic is considered a good choice because of the Croatian’s previous work in Turkey and they also believe he’ll have no problem adapting due to his previous Besiktas career. Bilic’s ambition and reliance on young players are positive things for Galatasaray’s board and they see him as an ideal candidate.
Bilic is under severe pressure at West Ham, although the club have publicly given him their backing. Currently one place and one point above the relegation zone, West Ham are having a terrible season.