West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will need to guide his team to victory this weekend in order to keep his job, reports The Telegraph.
The Croatian’s position at the Premier League club has been under scrutiny for the better part of a year.
Following a disappointing first season at the London Stadium, questions were raised over the longevity of Bilic’s career at the club.
In the end, the owners opted against sacking him in the summer, but the rumours resurfaced following three straight defeats at the start of the season.
Bilic seemed to bide some time with a 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town, but after losing 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, The Telegraph claims that the Hammers need to beat Swansea City prior to the international break to make sure that the 49-year-old keeps his job.
Football management is a results business and we have seen over the years that club owners do not wait long before making changes.
A perfect example of this would be Crystal Palace’s sacking of Frank de Boer, who was in charge for just 77 days before he was dismissed earlier this month.
In West Ham’s case, given that Bilic comes to the end of his contract in the summer, it makes sense for the manager to run it down and then the club can reassess when the season comes to a close.
However, if the club find themselves in a relegation battle, the owners may be forced into making a change, but doing that brings with it a big risk.
As it stands, the Hammers sit 18th in the table after picking up four points from six matches.