Wednesday 21 February 2018

Bilic future in doubt as offer of new deal put on hold

'West Ham have no immediate plans to sack Bilic, whose current deal still has over a year to run.' Photo: Getty
'West Ham have no immediate plans to sack Bilic, whose current deal still has over a year to run.' Photo: Getty

Jason Burt

Slaven Bilic will not be offered a new contract by West Ham United this summer because of the club's worrying run of form.

However, West Ham have no immediate plans to sack Bilic, whose current deal still has over a year to run.

The Croat remains hugely popular and is a very capable manager, and there is an acknowledgement that he has done a good job in coping with a variety of problems this season.

A review of Bilic's position will take place at the end of this campaign - as is the usual policy at West Ham with their managers.

The likelihood is that Bilic will be offered a new deal next January - at the earliest - only if there is a significant improvement in results next season.

The Hammers received some unexpected good news yesterday when they learned that Michail Antonio's hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared. He is pencilled in to return against Arsenal on April 5.

remarkable Meanwhile, David Moyes has been told by owner Ellis Short that he will be kept on as Sunderland manager, even if they are relegated from the Premier League.

It is a remarkable vote of confidence in the former Manchester United and Everton manager, given the financial ramifications of falling out of the Premier League.

Short is confident he has already got the man he needs to rebuild the club, regardless of what division they are in.

In turn, although Moyes has felt as if he has one hand tied behind his back because of the financial situation at the Stadium of Light - the club will announce losses of around £20m again this year - he is determined to prove he still has the hunger for club management.

Crucially, having sacked a manager every year since 2010, Short does not have the appetite for more upheaval.

After so long resorting to short-term firefighting, to cling on to top-flight status, the American feels the only way forward is to stick with Moyes.

Moyes has had an ineffectual first season, with Sunderland stuck in the relegation places since August, but has impressed with the way he has handled himself during such a dispiriting campaign.

Following conversations with Moyes this month, Short has accepted his manager's vision for the future is the correct one, particularly if the club do finally succumb to relegation after five years of narrowly avoiding it. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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