Monday 21 August 2017

Bilic in last-chance saloon at West Ham

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic arriving at KCOM Stadium in Hull last weekend. Photo: PA
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic arriving at KCOM Stadium in Hull last weekend. Photo: PA

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West Ham United are considering a short-term appointment to replace Slaven Bilic until the end of the season should the club's struggling manager lose to Swansea City tomorrow in what would be his sixth straight defeat in the Premier League.

Co-owner David Sullivan and chief executive Karren Brady have shown faith in Bilic but results are reaching the stage at which the Hammers feel they would have no choice but to try to jump-start their season by clearing out the manager and his staff.

With the club apparently determined not to promote any of Bilic's staff, they are limited in their scope to appoint a new face with so few games left but defeat at home by Swansea would force their hand. Every other club currently in the bottom six, with the exception of Sunderland, have changed their manager since the start of the season.

The bounce given to Leicester City by the sacking of Claudio Ranieri and appointment of his assistant, Craig Shakespeare, has not gone unnoticed at West Ham.

One point outside the relegation zone when he took over, Leicester are now 11th after a run of five consecutive wins.

Irish Independent

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