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Bilic departure expected within days

MoyesSlaven Bilic is now firmly expected to leave West Ham during the international break with club sources claiming the decision to sack has now been made

Whether it’s this week or next depends on the club ironing out details of a deal with his successor -now expected to be David Moyes.

However, although there is no ‘on the record’ confirmation of that with Terry Westley still being mentioned by some as a suitable short term replacement.

WestleyThey see a big advantage in promoting the academy boss on a short term basis in order to allow the board not to rush into a decision but give themselves three or four weeks to study the marketplace.

Bilic looked like a man who had entirely accepted his fate last night after the match when declaring on TV: “: “It’s hard for me to talk about that (his future) now. I have to talk to the chairmen. We are going to discuss this defeat.

“It’s not the first one, it’s the second in a row at home. It is a very difficult situation for me. “

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17 comments on “Bilic departure expected within days

  1. I’d sooner have Pards back than Moyes!

  2. Moyes would be an absolute disaster. Westley for me.

  3. Westley for me……..short term. Allows for others to be considered. Not sure Moyes is the man and for the club to consider one of the Moron twins…. (Neville) who went to press and slagged off the club only 5 days ago beggers belief!
    Can i ask the board. ….please get it right, if you can’t be bothered to do that for the loyal fans…sell the club to someone that will.

  4. Westley all day long. Someone within the club who knows the faults and can make attempts to rectify them. We have the best squad we have ever had. But Burnley and Watford show that all you need is strong leadership.
    Then next season Dyche or Howe for me.

    • I’ve seen better squads and defiantly more balanced squads in my time down the years cas , this squad is nowhere near a balanced side and quite a few need moving on , plus its well short of cover ! IMO. ☺

  5. The manager is a huge problem , investment in new players and players that need to move on
    Is even bigger IMO? Its a right royal mess !!! Well played the board ! The buck stops with you.you’re failing us , dig deep or were slipping into the lower league !!! 😕

    • Found these minutes of a Board Meeting last summer
      Minutes of Board Meeting WHU Ltd July 2017

      Bilic – I’m a bit concerned about the way we concede so many soft goals
      Sullivan – Yeah but we spent £20m on Andre Ayew
      Bilic – But he’s a forward, how was that going to help the defence?
      Gold – Good point Slav so here’s what we’ll do. Let’s spend £22m on Arnautovic
      Bilic – But he’s a forward too.
      Sullivan – yeah but if you play him on the left wing that should help Cresswell
      Bilic – But Cresswell was already doing OK until you bought Masuako
      Gold – Yeah thought if we spent all that money on Masuako he was probably a striker
      Bilic – Well he’s a left back who can cross the ball in to Carroll but is not much good at defending.
      Sullivan – Fair point so let’s sign a right back on a free transfer and spend our last £18m on Hernandez
      Bilic – We could get a really good centre back for that sort of money
      Gold – Don’t worry Slav, Collins is only 34 so might have a couple of seasons left. If he gets injured I promise we’ll get you a CB in January
      Bilic – But we did that last season and the only one available was Fonte who can’t play in a 3 man defence
      Brady – I saw him play with 4 across the back and that didn’t work either
      Bilic – You’re not wrong there Ma’am
      Gold – So all agreed then we won’t sign any defenders now and Slav can book a holiday anytime from November onwards

      Meeting closed!!!!!!!

  6. I’ve seen better squads and defiantly more balanced squads in my time down the years cas , this squad is nowhere near a balanced side and quite a few need moving on , plus its well short of cover ! IMO. ☺

  7. X2 😂 ???

  8. The problem with appointing Westley is that Bilic’s training team would still be there. You need to sack the lot but then that leaves Westley with no Training team. Moyes would be better as his appointment would mean sacking everyone and addressing the problem.

    • No they wouldn’t – they depart together. Always have always will

      • Terry Westley has virtually no experience in League Football, no playing career and only 40 games with Luton Town and Derby County as Manager, of which he won only 8.

        Giving him the job would virtually guarantee our Relegation. What respect would our Squad have for someone’s who’s little more than a P E Tracher (to use Joey Barton’s phrase) – madness!

  9. If Bilic goes, they all go with him; it’s a package deal.

    Appointing a manager who got relegated last season in a bid to avoid relegation this season seems kinda bonkers.

    My thinking is ‘go for Westley until a proper replacement is found’. If he does alright, consider him long term. If not, go to the market. The basic fact is that no one could do worse than Bilic at the moment, so what’s to lose?

  10. Bilic has been a busted flush for the best part of a year, teetering on the edge of a disaster. The Team look disorganised, unfit and demoralised, it can’t get much worse – relegation is just around the corner and that would be a disaster.

    David Moyes did fantastic jobs at both Preston and Everton, he got the organised and Everton played some good football introducing players like Rooney, Baines, Coleman, Jagielka, Arteta, Fellaini and a host of others.

    He inadvisably took the ManU job, following on from a Legend but inheriting an ageing Team that was on the slide. He was given a ‘poisoned chalice’ and was not up to the pressure that goes along with the Man United. Louis van Gaal, who was once a brilliant Manager but who was past his best, couldn’t handle the job either. Moyes again inadvisably took over at Sunderland who were and still are a mess, the Squad were a mess and the Chairman wants to sell the Club but has only managed to make them a basket case. You do have to worryabout Moye’s judgement in taking both of these jobs – maybe arrogance in thinking he could handle the Man United pressure and desperation in going for the Sunderland job when everyone could see they were a car-crash waiting to happen – this worries you.

    This morning we’re hearing that David Unsworth at Everton, Tony Pulis at West Brom, Paul Clement at Swansea, Pellegrino at Southampton are all on the verge of having the ‘Panic button’ pressed on them – the Chairmen realise they’re in for Relegation battles and can’t contemplate going down – things are really heating up!

    Our Chairmen have to make the most important decision of their ‘Football careers’, Bilic has got to go!

    Can Moyes get a tune out of this Squad? Is the Squad good enough to stay up? I think Moyes will organise them better and get them fitter BUT I don’t think the Squad is strong enough and radical improvements and reinforcements would be required in the difficult January Transfer Window.

    Will Sullivan back him in the Window – I have my doubts, but the alternative is unthinkable. Moyes coming in would require promises of being backed but we’ve all been here before!

  11. Bilic downfall poor summer transfers look at it Zabaletta on a free Hart on loan Chico & Arnie money spent there’s no proper cover for other players in the team Adrian & Sakho want to go & can’t see the players we’ve got playing for Moyes come January if West Ham are still near the trap door you can see the likes of Lanzini Kouyate & Antonio looking to move on the defence is a shambles & needs ££££ spent or we will defo go down & the Championship is getting harder & harder to get out of. If Gold & Sullivan care so much about this club then they should do the right thing & sell up as the football is dross & the players not intrested if we get a decent manager with proper training skills we might stay up but Moyes no if he comes in il not bother moving my ass from Norfolk to Stratford this season gripe over

  12. I think Westley could do a job but then we would lose him in U23s and when they most likely let him go for a bigger name he wouldn’t go back down.
    And he has down so good w the kids that is the 1 good thing w have going right now.
    I would think if Slav goes his Handball coach/ #2 & Fitness coach how’s with him
    For me if its Moyes I hope he can do the job.
    But our lot is screaming for Guus Haddink he could do a proper job & a free agent right now too.

  13. I said a while ago the ex Liverpool coach Steve Cooper who managed the u17’s to the World Cup should be looked at we have a team of players that can play in that style, very offensive and defending from the front, if the management want to look to the future and appoint a pure coach as manager then look at the managers that have brought success to these kids internationally, coaching at the highest levels and also they will have had access to the brightest british talent so may be able to attract some of those players to our club… definitely a higher risk strategy but possibly the way forward.

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