Monday 24 September 2018

Slaven Bilic nears the exit door after another dismal West Ham defeat

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic saw his side lose
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic saw his side lose
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic gave a strong hint that he will now consider his position after his side crashed to a 4-1 home defeat against Liverpool.

Bilic suggested he will instigate talks with the Hammers owners in the coming days after his side were hammed on home soil once again, with goals from Mohamed Salah (2), Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain firing Liverpool to a comfortable win at the London Stadium.

West Ham fans were streaming out of the ground long before the final whistle and Bilic appeared to be a broken man as he faced the BT Sport cameras to sum up his side’s latest defeat that leaves them just one point off the relegation zone.

“I have to talk to the chairman, we are going to discuss this defeat,” confirmed Bilic. “It’s not the first one, it’s the second in a row in home. It is a very difficult situation for me.”

When asked whether he still had the backing of the club’s owners, he replied: “It’s hard for me to talk about that now. I always believe in myself, I wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell was outspoken in his post match interview, as he suggested the players were letting down boss Bilic.

“Definitely, every player included,” he replied when asked whether the players were to blame for the West Ham slump. “It is not good enough as a team collectively. We need to ease the pressure off the gaffer and ourselves.

“It’s hard to take and it is not good enough. We have a two-week gap now and we have to get on the training ground to put things right.

“Confidence is low. It’s not easy being at the bottom of the table. We saw the fans leaving at the end and that’s down to the way we are playing. We need to turn this mess around. Times are difficult, The goals we conceded were not good enough.”

David Moyes, Alan Pardew, Roberto Mancini and Ronald Koeman are among the bookies favourites to succeed Bilic, with his exit appearing to be inevitable after their latest woeful display.

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