The Covert Agent: Slaven Bilic to coach Socceroos defender Matthew Jurman?

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The Croatian tactician could be set have an influence on the green and gold centre-back

Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is set to take over as senior coach of Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad - the club featuring Australian central defender Matthew Jurman.

The Covert Agent can reveal the 50-year-old coach is the leading candidate for the vacant role, subject to agreeing personal terms.

Al-Ittihad sacked their previous manager Ramon Diaz after starting the Saudi Pro League with two consecutive defeats.

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Bilic is most well-known for coaching the Croatian national team from 2006-12 and also leading the Hammers in England's top division from 2015-17.

As a player, Bilic helped Croatia finish third at the World Cup 1998 in his favoured centre-half role - the same position as Jurman.

The Split-born manager was linked with the Socceroos 2018 World Cup role before the appointment of Bert van Marwijk.