Monday, April 3

Time to get behind Slaven

The West Ham board has issued the 'dreaded' vote of confidence in Slaven Bilic. A club statement says the board is "100 per cent" behind the manager and that "despite speculation to the contrary the manager's position is not under threat." 

Interestingly the Times writes that Bilic declined the board's offer to change his fitness and first team coaches earlier this season, but the board will try to persuade him to do so again in he close season. The club previously drafted in Teddy Sheringham to work with Sam Allardyce so something similar might happen next season.

Alan Shearer had a point on Match of the Day when he said there's too much chatter around West Ham, with David Sullivan sparking the recent rumours after stating on the club website that, "all we can do is say sorry to the supporters" after the home defeat against Leicester. That was interpreted as a warning to Bilic, even though it might have been a simple statement of disappointment best taken at face value. There's also the junior Sullivans commenting on club affairs on twitter, David Gold's more moderate input and Karren Brady's column in the Sun. So there's a lot of material for journalists to sift through and everyone at the club should think carefully before saying anything right now.

Let's be clear if West Ham got relegated Bilic would have failed, but there's no point in changing a manager at this late stage and West Ham need just one or two wins out of eight to be sure of safety. Swansea and Sunderland look the most winnable games. We all need to get behind Bilic and the players for the rest of the season, make sure we finish as high as possible and then start afresh next season. 


Andy Brown said...

Rubbish his transfers in have been nothing short of a disaster he has no plan b when things go wrong and he is tactically clueless get rid now I say !

Pete May said...

Yes his signings have been poor this season but he's also the same manager who finished seventh last season and made a lot of decent signings then. The time to review the situation is the end of the season. A new manager with eight games to go will still have the same players and very little time to change things.

Rob Graham said...

Don't agree Andy, he has proved last season he was a good manager, at this stage it is disappointing that we find ourselves sliding down the table but I think we can survive.
Who would you have as a replacement? I cant see anyone better joining us at this stage.
Slaven will learn from this season and realise that he has to get the team playing better.
Firing managers rarely works out in the long term, I thought we got rid of Zola far too quick...

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