Pundit urges West Ham United to give Slaven Bilic time

Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton believes that the board should go easy on manager Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian, who was under pressure at times last season, has not overseen the best start to the current campaign.

The Hammers have lost all three of their Premier League matches, conceding 10 goals in the process.

In two of the outings, Bilic’s men failed to get on the scoresheet, and so far the team have only netted twice, both were scored by Javier Hernandez.

The former Manchester United striker moved to the London Stadium during an exciting summer for the club as they also recruited Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic.

However, the positive results are yet to come, which has led to suggestions that Bilic’s time could be up.

According to The Telegraph, the 48-year-old has four games to turn the club’s fortunes around or risked getting sacked.

After the international break, West Ham will return to their home of the London Stadium, which was used earlier this month to stage the World Athletics Championships.

Ashton, who played for the Hammers between 2006 and 2009, believes that Bilic, who comes to the end of his contract next summer, has been unlucky with injuries to the team.

The former striker told talkSPORT:

“I don’t think that’s fair. When you bring in new signings you’ve got to be given time to bed them in, and that means more than six or seven games.

“They do look very poor defensively, and their organisation has also been very poor – [Bilic] switches from a four to a three quite regularly as if he’s not quite sure about his starting line-up at the back.

“But once he gets his injured players back – Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll will make a huge difference to the starting XI. He should be given a little bit more time.”