After the final whistle of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool, all eyes were on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic.
It did not take long for the rumour mill to suggest that it was the end of the road for the Croatian, who has been under pressure all season.
The Hammers made an official announcement on Monday morning, releasing a statement on the club’s website claiming that the chairmen and the board feel that a “change is now necessary”.
The Chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven Bilic and his team.https://t.co/rg0Jvoh9Tf
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 6, 2017
Bilic took over the East London outfit in 2015, signing a three-year contract, which was due to expire at the end of this season.
The 49-year-old took the club from Upton Park to the London Stadium last year, but the results on the pitch did not reflect the magnitude of the move.
The club dangled above relegation in the 2016-17 campaign, but managed to finish in 11th place.
Bilic was unable to inspire the team to an improved start this season, recording just two wins in 11 Premier League games, which has left them in the bottom three, one point from safety.
It has not been all doom and gloom during the Croat’s two-and-a-half-year reign, though, given that he took the Hammers to a seventh-placed finish in the club’s final season at Upton Park.
West Ham fans were quick to react to the managerial announcement on Twitter.
— Michael Moore (@MichaelMoore_6) November 6, 2017
— Kirsty (@littleabbo) November 6, 2017
Just want to say thank you to Bilic because we had some good times under him but nothing lasts forever! #COYI
— Billy Crosby (@billycrosby5) November 6, 2017
— Matthew Hagland (@HaglandMatthew) November 6, 2017
— James longman (@longers1) November 6, 2017
— NickJusticeWHUFC (@NickJustice94) November 6, 2017
Thank you Bilic But lets move on and get our season back on track #COYI
— ASNEE (@AaronThomasWhu) November 6, 2017
You can’t not like Slaven Bilic but enough was enough… thanks for 2015/16 season though, will always be remembered for that #COYI
— Masta Bruce (@Mitch_liburd) November 6, 2017
— Martin Bunt (@MBunty22) November 6, 2017
— Shan Toms (@shan_toms) November 6, 2017
— LP Collings (@baracca47) November 6, 2017