West Ham fans were in good spirits in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side get back to winning ways.
Slaven Bilic’s men slipped into the Premier League’s bottom three last weekend after going down 3-2 at home to Tottenham, but they steadied the ship with a much-needed 1-0 success over Swansea City on Saturday.
Diafra Sakho netted the winner in the 90th minute to send the London Stadium into raptures, and to somewhat ease the mounting pressure on manager Bilic, who came under-fire after losing his first three league games of the campaign.
However, a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that the Croat, who took over at West Ham back in 2015, will see out the season as Hammers boss, despite speculation building about his future.
The 49-year-old led the East London outfit to a sensational seventh place finish in his first season in charge back in 2015/16, which was also their last at Upton Park, although they struggled with the move to the London Stadium last term, eventually stumbling to an 11th place finish.
And things haven’t started brilliantly this time round either with just two wins from their opening seven matches, but with both of those victories coming in their last four games, which also includes a draw at West Brom, it seems that Bilic is doing enough to keep his job.
And it appears that he’ll have until May to prove his credentials once again to the board.
Landlord’s verdict: Carlo Ancelotti’s departure from Bayern Munich last week appears to have increased the speculation surrounding Slaven Bilic’s future at West Ham, with the former Chelsea boss linked with a return to the Premier League with the Hammers.
However, reports suggest that the top-flight outfit are set to stick with the Croat until the end of the season, with a recent upturn in form, barring their 3-2 defeat against Tottenham, perhaps indicative that they are over the worst and will thus proceed to build once again under Bilic’s stewardship.
Bilic deserves much credit for taking the Hammers into the new stadium, a tricky challenge at the best of times, and keeping them in the division, but you sense that they must improve on that 11th place finish from last term if the 49-year-old is to get a contract extension in the summer.
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