Premier League: Carlo Ancelotti tipped to replace Slaven Bilic at West Ham right after being sacked by Bayern Munich

The Italian manager had expressed an interest for the West Ham job six years ago when they had been relegated to the Championship

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Carlo Ancelotti has immediately been linked with the West Ham manager's job after his dramatic sacking by German giants Bayern Munich.

Having been shown the door at Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti is already being linked with Slaven Bilic's job at West Ham United. Bilic is still in charge of the Hammers despite weeks of speculation that he is about to be replaced.

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But the Croatian is under pressure as they have just four points from six games and remain in the drop zone with one match left, at home to fellow strugglers Swansea on Saturday, before the October international break, according to the Mirror.

"Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you are angry, sometimes you are down and other times it makes you more motivated," Bilic said, as reported by the Guardian, when asked how it feels to see your job constantly linked with other candidates. "It affects you, of course, it does, you are human. Sometimes it makes you more pissed off when it happens to your colleagues. I can't moan about my job. I am only fed up talking about it. When you are doing good, average or bad, you can't switch off."

Ancelotti — who delivered the Double to Chelsea in 2010 and is a three-time Champions League winning coach — expressed an interest in the West Ham post six years ago when the east Londoners had just been relegated to the Championship.

The Italian manager's sacking has sparked a power battle at Bayern. President Uli Hoeness wants Ancelotti's assistant Willy Sagnol to stay on until the end of the season before making a move for a rising managerial star, Hoffenheim's 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann, next summer.

But chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants to go after former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel right away.

The Italian's laid-back approach and preference for giving his stars the freedom and trust to go out and play didn't go down well with a group who felt they improved as a result of hard taskmaster Pep Guardiola's more demanding style and clear philosophy.

Fallouts with key players such as Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Thomas Muller were also ominous for Ancelotti.

The axe fell after Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League thumping at Paris Saint-Germain — a defeat which came after Bayern blew a 2-0 lead to draw with Wolfsburg on Friday and lost 2-0 to Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim at the start of September.