(Video) Besiktas fans give West Ham target Slaven Bilic hero’s farewell

Slaven Bilic was given a hero’s farewell from Beşiktaş fans who turned up en masse to meet him at the Sabiha Gökçen airport before he left Turkey.

The fans chanted his name, unveiled a large banner thanking him for the work he did at the club and carried Bilic on their shoulders.

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The former Croatian national team manager joined the Black Eagles in 2013 and enjoyed an impressive Europa League run this season.

Beşiktaş were undefeated at home against English opposition in European competition under his command.

The Istanbul giants held Arsenal to a goalless draw, beat Tottenham and knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League Round of 32.

The Black Eagles were eventually eliminated at the quarter final stages of the competition against Club Brugge.

Beşiktaş were also in the Süper Lig title race until the last three weeks of the campaign.

Bilic was popular with the fans and the largest fan group Çarşı protested the boards decision not to keep him on when it was revealed that he would be leaving.

The 46-year-old manager is the bookmakers favourite to take over at West Ham.