Slaven Bilic needed a break from management for the sake of his health, says ex-West Ham striker Ian Wright.
Bilic, 49, was sacked as Hammers boss on Monday with the club in the relegation zone after winning two of their first 11 games.
“As a friend, I’m actually pleased, knowing what he has been going through,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live.
“For his health he needs this break from it, because you can’t work like that, always two games from the sack.”
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, who resigned as Sunderland boss in May following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, is expected to be brought in for the rest of the season.
Bilic was appointed in 2015, and led West Ham to seventh in his first campaign, but they dropped to 11th the following season – their first at London Stadium.
This season, they have beaten only Swansea and Huddersfield and conceded seven goals in their past two home defeats, against Brighton and Liverpool.
“I don’t think they looked like they were working hard enough and the stats prove it.” Wright added on the Monday Night Club.
“If it is David Moyes coming in, the first thing he has to do is improve the fitness because it looks like they were not interested and that has to come from the manager.”