West Ham’s shambolic 3-0 home defeat to Brighton on Friday raised eyebrows across the country, and the fact Slaven Bilic hasn’t been given the chop as a result continues to have people scratching their heads.
While Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Everton have moved to dismiss their managers from equally disappointing starts to the 17/18 season, West Ham seem content on just waiting to see whether Bilic can indeed turn it around.
Just over two years ago, West Ham were recording 3-0 wins away to Liverpool, now their losing 3-0 at home to Brighton. That should not be acceptable by any football club’s standards, yet Bilic remains as Hammers manager for the foreseeable future.
So how long before they finally put Bilic and, more importantly, the fans out of their misery?
Here are the opinions of two of FootballFanCast.com’s writers…
West Ham’s board are playing a dangerous game, prioritising the money saved in not paying off Bilic over results.
On paper, this squad should never have any fears of dropping out of the top flight and much like last season, I’m sure West Ham will eventually pull through and secure what looks like a relatively comfortable final standing. But the fact of the matter is that Bilic is not fit for purpose.
West Ham have conceded the most goals from set pieces this season and that epitomises how disorganised and under-prepared the Hammers often are. That’s where their incredible inconsistency stems from and unfortunately, Bilic must take ultimate responsibility. Keeping him sets out a very dangerous precedent of accepting mediocrity.
In terms of replacements, I think any club outside of the top six looking to change managers should instantly make an offer for Sean Dyche. He’s a miracle worker and has all the organisational qualities Bilic clearly lacks.
If you’re going to sack a manager, the best time to do it is surely as soon as possible, giving the next man a chance to save the season. In West Ham’s case, that need could well be heightened by the need to pick up points before some tough fixtures to come.
In December, before the festive period, the Hammers have games against Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in successive games.
If they’re still in need of points by that stage, it might be too late to do anything about it.