Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic 'weighing up options' for next move
Last Updated: 24/12/17 1:30pm
Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he is considering options for his next job and has suggested he would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
Bilic has been out of work since the start of November when he was sacked by West Ham.
He has been linked with the vacant role at Swansea and has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for Middlesbrough, who parted company with Garry Monk on Saturday.
Asked about his plans on Goals on Sunday, Bilic said: "Many people are calling from here or abroad. A lot of people are calling and I am weighing up the options.
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"I am resting now, I have been in a job 12 years, day in, day out, and it's always there, even in summer breaks, so I needed a rest and I am enjoying that at the moment and enjoying 'boring' stuff and spending time with family and friends.
"I know my position on the map of managers or coaches and know I can maybe wait a little. But I know I am not one of the biggest ones who can switch off their phone for a year and then say now I'm back, so if something really good comes up I will consider it. I already miss it a bit. It's in your veins, but I also need a rest."
Asked if he would prefer to stay in the Premier League, he added: "I like it here, I was here as a player and a manager and I don't feel a strange here and there is no language barrier. This is the place to be, but it doesn't have to be, so it depends more on the club or the project. If a good project and good club comes from another country then I would probably do that."
Bilic, who managed Croatia between 2006 and 2012, also suggested a return to international football is not on his agenda.
He said: "I was there for six years plus two at Under-21 level in Croatia. I enjoyed it big-time. I was manager of my country and there's no bigger honour than that, and responsibility and pressure, of course, so that helped me a lot - and I was doing that when I was really young.
"Never say never, but I am enjoying working on a daily basis, to be fair, as a club manager."
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