West Ham supporters have been reasonably despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side throw away a two-goal lead to only draw 2-2 with the Premier League’s bottom club Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash at Selhurst Park off the back of a sensational victory over Tottenham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and they looked on course for back-to-back successes when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew gave them a two-goal cushion at the break. However, the Eagles rallied and hit back through goals from Luke Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha to deservedly earn a point from the proceedings, although it wasn’t enough to move Roy Hodgson’s men off the foot of the Premier League table.
Thus, several of our resident Hammers have been in low spirits this week in the Tavern, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Sun, which suggests that the East London outfit could axe manager Bilic should they lose heavily to Liverpool this weekend, despite not having a viable replacement lined up.
The Croat took over at West Ham back in 2015 and led the club to a magnificent sixth place finish in his first season in East London, which also coincided with their final campaign at Upton Park.
Yet things since then haven’t gone as well for the 49-year-old with an 11th place finish last year backed up by their current standing of 16th this term, and given their sluggish start to the new campaign the Croat is under increasing pressure and appears to be edging closer to the exit door.
And reports suggest that the Hammers hierarchy could part with Bilic should his side lose to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday, although The Sun also suggest that they could be left with no replacement given that reported targets Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, and Marco Silva are unlikely to want to quit their current roles at fellow top-flight clubs.
Thus, West Ham appear to be facing something of a dilemma, which is hardly going to inspire confidence among our resident Hammers faithful.
Landlord’s verdict: Leicester City and Everton both acted to get rid of Craig Shakespeare and Ronald Koeman respectively in recent weeks, and although the former have appointed Claude Puel as boss, the latter appear no nearer to knowing their potential replacement.
And it appears that there is a similar problem at West Ham, where manager Slaven Bilic is seriously up against it after a disappointing start to the season, although axing him could spell further problems for the club given their apparent lack of viable alternatives.
Nonetheless, defeat at home to Liverpool this weekend could spell the end for the Croat, although West Ham’s next move were that to happen is anyone’s guess, much to the concern of several of our resident Hammers supporters.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!