With around 15 months to go on his deal, West Ham have always been likely to extend Slaven Bilic’s stay in East London but contract talks were halted around Christmas following a woeful start to the season. However, things have improved greatly since then.
Now sat 9th in the Premier League, West Ham have won six and drawn two of their 11 Premier League matches since mid-December- with their three defeats coming against Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City.
Having fought off the threat of relegation, and managed to keep afloat following the shock loss of Dimitri Payet in January, Bilic is set to be rewarded- and the situation surrounding Payet’s exit from the club has improved the Croatian boss’ standing with the board.
The saga concerning Dimitri Payet in January rocked West Ham to the core and there was a real danger of the Hammers slipping-up after the loss of the Frenchman. However, Slaven Bilic’s side proved an exit for their star-man wasn’t the end of the world- and the board are thrilled with how Bilic handled the situation.
Having confirmed early to the media that Payet wanted to leave and that West Ham did not want to sell, Bilic shifted the attention from the club onto the player, essentially making him public enemy number one, and led West Ham to some superb on-field performances.
Bilic’s stance was risky and extremely gutsy but it worked out, with West Ham approving a sale under their own terms and not having Payet push his own way out of the club.