West Ham United have decided against offering manager Slaven Bilic a new contract at the end of the season, reports The Telegraph.
Rumours over the 48-year-old’s future at the London Stadium has been rumbling behind the scenes ever since the team’s poor start to the campaign.
After finishing seventh in the previous Premier League season and moving into the Olympic base in Stratford, hopes were high for the Hammers, but in their first six games, they won one and lost five.
A decent mid-season run helped settle the ship, but they are a far cry from 2015-16 form as they currently reside 12th in the standings and have not won any of their last five league games.
The Telegraph claims that the board will discuss Bilic’s future as planned, but there will not be a new offer on the table, which means that the manager will be in the final year of his contract next season.
The publication stresses that the Hammers do not want to sack Bilic, but they are not prepared to extend his stay unless results improve. If that happens, fresh terms could be offered next January at the earliest.
After hearing the news, fans gave their thoughts on social media.
— ⚒Olly⚒ (@oljay99) March 28, 2017
— Lauren Johnson (@laurenjohnson16) March 28, 2017
Just seen the News on Bilic! I'm furious about it!!!
— Westham_chat (@westham_chat) March 28, 2017
— Hammers SHOUT (@WestHamSHOUT) March 28, 2017
— Lukey ⚒ (@westhammers78) March 28, 2017
— Rob Rose (@RobRose42) March 28, 2017
— Adam Clark (@AdamJovihammer) March 28, 2017