Wednesday, May 3

Does Bilic really have two games to save his job?

The Guardian has gone big with a story claiming that Slaven Bilic has two games left to save his job. Writer David Hytner claims that he performances against Spurs and Liverpool will determine Bilic's future. Does he have contacts on the board? The Guardian notes that the "club's hierarchy" are conscious of how West Ham have struggled against all the big sides at the London Stadium. Though it's quite strange these rumours should appear now, with West Ham unbeaten in four matches and at last finding a little defensive stability.

Certainly decent performances against two big sides would help engender a sense of optimism for next season as we've yet to see any evidence that West Ham can move to the 'next level', unless its above the scoreboard. Hytner also cites the failed Antonio as right back experiment and the poor signings. Fernandes and Masuaku can probably be cited as limited successes so far. Ayew has scored five times and might prove successful if Bilic can find his true position. Fonte, Feghouli and Nordtveit have started to show a bit of form after early struggles. While Snodgrass hasn't fitted in yet, Calleri is looking a little better but no goalscorer, Fletcher has hardly played, and Zaza, Arbeloa and Tore (the player Bilic really wanted claims Hytner) were out and out failures. Not a great record overall from 12 signings. 

But it's been an exceptional season with the move to Stratford and the Payet strike, and I'd be inclined to keep Bilic in charge for next season once we secure survival. He's still got some credit from finishing seventh in his first season. Slaven must have learned a lot about himself and his players this season and surely our summer recruitment can't be as poor this time around. The players can certainly help him by giving two top sides a decent game.

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