Slaven Bilic is a man under pressure. The Croatian’s West Ham have endured a thoroughly disappointing campaign after the euphoric highs of 2015/16 and as is so often the case when form declines, the manager finds himself the subject of pointed fingers.
Indeed, the London Evening Standard have reported that the Hammers’ coming three games may be pivotal in deciding his fate at the London Stadium, with rumours having suggested that Jaap Stam at Reading, Huddersfield’s David Wagner and even Rafa Benitez at Newcastle are all being considered to step into the Irons dugout.
But, is Bilic being hard done by? Perhaps. After all, he’s had a lot to contend with this season at the helm of West Ham, who have lost their key player, moved to a new stadium and had to cope with the failings of last summer.
Maybe, just maybe, the club needs him more than he needs them right now…