Konchesky: West Ham must stick by Bilic

Paul Konchesky has called on his former club West Ham to stick by Slaven Bilic as speculation mounts that he may not be in charge of the Hammers next season.

What’s the story?

Well, with the Irons having not come close to matching their performances of 2015/16 this term, the east Londoners’ boss, Bilic, has come under pressure. Indeed, the London Evening Standard have reported that West Ham’s owners’ trigger fingers are getting itchier by the day, while Roberto Mancini is being touted by some as a candidate to step into the London Stadium dugout ahead of 2017/18.

However, Konchesky, speaking exclusively to 888sport, revealed that he thinks letting Bilic go would be a bad decision:

“I’d stick by Bilic. For me he is the best man for West Ham. He is us.

“Yes he has played players out of position and surely there must be enough players in that squad who can fill them but maybe he doesn’t trust them or they’re not good enough?

“So they need to rebuild the team but stick by him because he’s got good people around him.

“Get this season out of the way and if they can finish in the top half that would be a success for now.”

Does he have a point?

Perhaps. There’s no doubt this season has been a difficult one for West Ham. Bilic has had to contend with the move from Upton Park to the club’s new home stadium, which has caused problems, some of his signings simply have not performed despite being highly-rated and the Dimitri Payet saga left a dark cloud over the team until his January departure.

To be honest, some of these errors are, to a degree, Bilic’s own doing, so he deserves criticism, but with the club safe in midtable, he hasn’t done a poor job. It all hinges on the owners’ ambitions for next term…

Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Konchesky, including his thoughts on how Leicester can progress against Atletico in the Champions League