Report: West Ham United want Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Slaven Bilic

West Ham keen on Napoli's Sarri?
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Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is believed to be the frontrunner to take over from under-fire manager Slaven Bilic at West Ham United.

Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from Slaven Bilic at West Ham United, according to reports.

The Hammers have made a poor start to the new Premier League season and currently sit bottom of the table having lost their opening three matches.

It has been speculated that Bilic's position as manager was placed under review following the 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United in August and that he has little time left at the helm.

In addition, the Croat publicly criticised co-owner David Sullivan on Friday for stopping him from signing Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak on deadline day.

According to The Sun, the Hammers hierarchy are eager to dispense with Bilic and bring in Sarri, who has worked as a coach since 1990 and began at grassroots level.

The 58-year-old has managed 18 clubs during that time, most notably in recent years with Napoli and Empoli, whom he led to promotion from Serie B to the top flight.

Sarri has another two years left to run on his Napoli contract but is believed to have a buyout clause of around £7.5m.

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