West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left to rue another disappointing performance from their side after seeing the Hammers go down 3-0 at home to Brighton on Friday night, in turn increasing the pressure on under-fire manager Slaven Bilic.
The East London outfit went into their clash with the Seagulls having won just two of their opening eight Premier League games, but would have viewed a home encounter with Chris Hughton’s men as an opportunity to record another three points. However, Bilic’s men put in a lacklustre display with a brace from Glenn Murray and a strike from Jose Izquierdo condemning the hosts to a 3-0 defeat at the London Stadium, a result which saw the Hammers slip to 16th place in the Premier League, but level on points with 18th place Everton.
Thus, several of our resident West Ham fans have again been calling into question Bilic’s ability to turn things around at the club, yet a recent report from the BBC suggests that the Croat will get time to improve their fortunes.
The 49-year-old took over the Hammers back in 2015 following the departure of Sam Allardyce, and he proved his worth by helping the club to a sixth place finish in what was their final season at Upton Park, in turn securing Europa League football for the East London club.
However, their first season at the London Stadium was somewhat underwhelming with the Hammers only managing an 11th place finish, and their start to this term, having picked up eight points from nine games, suggests that another tough campaign is in store for Bilic’s side.
Yet it appears that the 49-year-old will indeed get time to change their fortunes, with it reported that he will be in charge for ‘at least the next two games’, which sees West Ham travel to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before visiting basement side Crystal Palace on Saturday.
But whether the Croat is indeed able to turn things around at the club very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: It feels like West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been under pressure and one game away from the sack for about 12 months now, and their 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday night seriously intensified the speculation surrounding his future.
The Hammers were poor and lacklustre throughout against the Seagulls and several supporters called for the Croat’s departure, yet it appears that he will get slightly longer to improve their fortunes, at least the next two games in fact.
And what a vital two games they are as the Hammers travel to high-flying Tottenham on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, before facing a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And you sense that defeats in both could well spell the end of Bilic’s two-year stint in charge of West Ham.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!