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How is Slaven Bilic still in a job after recent performance

How is Slaven Bilic still in a job?

That has to be the question on every West Ham fans this week after yet another horror show on Friday night.

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The Hammers were annihilated by newly promoted Brighton at home, their fifth defeat in nine games, and only goal difference is keeping them out of the relegation zone. They were sloppy in possession, tactically clueless and totally lacking in fight and character, and they deserved the pummelling they took. The players have to shoulder their share of the blame as they too frequently fail to turn up for games, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the manager.

Bilic has been on thin ice for longer than anyone cares to remember as West Ham have consistently underperformed and underwhelmed, and he too must be baffled to find himself still in gainful employment.

Frank De Boer and Craig Shakespeare have already walked the plank this season after their teams posted abysmal starts to the campaign. West Ham have been similarly inept, yet somehow the Croatian clings to his job. He is now the favourite to be the next manager to leave his post because Ronald Koeman was sacked after the Arsenal defeat, Everton who are below the Hammers despite forking out £140 million in the summer. The Toffees were expected to challenge the top six this season but instead find themselves in a relegation dogfight and Koeman’s days are over.
West Ham spent all of last season battling relegation, but this campaign was supposed to herald a new dawn. Optimism abounded following the summer signings of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, but it looks like developing into another long and grim season for Irons fans. The same old failings are all too apparent: stupid lapses in concentration at the back, a lack of fight, an over-reliance on the often-injured Andy Carroll, and tactical naivety.

West Ham have already lost to Man Utd, Southampton, Newcastle, Spurs and now Brighton. Losing to the likes of Tottenham and Utd is excusable as they are challenging for the title, but Brighton at home is about as winnable a game as you are ever going to get in the Premiership. The Seagulls turned up in dreadful form, with just one away goal all season, but they were sharper, hungrier and better prepared than West Ham and walked off with all three points.

Bilic did the decent thing and offered to fall on his sword. Rumours abound that he even said goodbye to the players before offer in his resignation, but amazingly the club’s hierarchy rejected his request. Apparently they are concerned about the lack of available replacements. That did not stop the owners of Crystal Palace and Leicester pulling the trigger, and it hints at a lack of ruthlessness among the West Ham board. Bilic could hardly have wishes for more patient paymasters. The team were dreadful last season and he could have been sacked on any number of occasions. This season he vindicated a scathing comment about Davids Gold and Sullivan from Sporting Lisbon’s owner, who called them the dildo brothers, and you would have though they would be itching for the chance to get rid of him.

But still Bilic remains in his job, despite Roberto Mancini being linked with it. There are plenty of out of work managers and more that could be prised from their current clubs, so that should not stand in the board’s way. Perhaps there is blind loyalty to Bilic, or perhaps they are merely indecisive, but it cannot continue much longer.

Next up West Ham travel to embattled Crystal Palace. 5dimes will have odds for the game and you will see that the Hammers are the underdogs. If they lose it they will be deeply in the mire and surely Bilic would have to go. He may have earned himself a stay of execution, but this cannot go on much longer.

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I've been a passionate Hammers fan since i can remember. Growing up in Canning Town i was always down Upton Park as it was only a 10 minute walk down the Barking road. Always and forever COYI ! West Ham Till I Die !

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