West Ham join Everton in considering Walter Mazzarri if they sack Bilic

According to Sky Sports Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, West Ham United could be ready to rival Everton for former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri if they decide to sack the under-fire Slaven Bilic in the coming weeks.

Di Marzio says that the former Hornets boss is ready for a Premier League return should one of the underperforming teams in England’s top flight choose to dispose of their manager in the near future, with The Sun saying on October 3 that the Merseyside outfit were keen on the Italian.

Everton and West Ham are two of those teams right now with the former languishing in 16th position following a disappointing start to the campaign despite a big summer of spending, while Bilic is in a similar boat after his team lost four of their opening seven league games this term.

Di Marzio says that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been handed an ultimatum ahead of his team’s trip to newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, and should his team lose his job could be under threat.

However, the journalist adds that Mazzarri could choose to wait even if he was offered the Goodison Park hotseat, considering he still lives in London and with Bilic’s position looking far from secure ahead of crucial Premier League fixtures against Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace.

The 56-year-old is said to be on the hypothetical list of replacements for the Croatian despite his spell with Watford coming to a disappointing end when he was sacked towards the end of last season, with the team eventually finishing in 17th position.

However, his previous success with the likes of Napoli, where he played a 3-4-3 system with Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik, seems to have caught the attentions of more than one Premier League team and he could find himself back in the top flight sooner rather than later.