A few of the natives are getting restless and Slaven Bilic may be coming under pressure following seven games without a win.
There is one very big reason why things have become a little worrying – six key injuries – and ClaretandHugh suggested that judgement should be reserved until the end of the season.
Is that right? Here’s some of the fan reaction.
O Our injuries are hindering us, not because they are just injuries, but because they are injuries to key players, and lots of them. Take a few nuts and bolts out of any machine and it don’t work the same. But you need a good engineer to keep it running untill the nuts and bolts can be replaced… We have that in Bilic and when the injured start trickling back we shall see a different West Ham I’m sure. There are good reasons to be positive and we still have over half a season to go.
O Bilic isn’t constantly making excuses when things go wrong, he is honest and up front about it.
He isn’t blaming officials or always lamenting decisions that didn’t go our way as an explanation for shortcomings.
He displays an acute awareness of the traditions of the club.
He tries to win every game, appreciating a point but not setting out to only achieve a point.
He doesn’t claim personal credit when the team win,
Most importantly, it is very clear that he respects the fans and identifies with us. He has refrained from insulting us and it seems he is too much of a gentleman to ever do so
O We are doing as well as can be reasonably expected in the circumstances. There is no way we can be at our optimum when half the starting team is out injured.
O Injuries severely disrupt seasons and Slav and the boys are doing a great job coping. On the flip side if you can go a whole season relatively injury free it’s a huge advantage. In my opinion this was one of the major reasons for our success in 85-86. It’s the same reason Leicester and Watford are doing well. They’ve avoided injuries and it has led to familiarity, consistency and success. I’m so tired of all the fans who flip flop between euphoria and desperation after every result and have no appreciation of what our management and coaching staff have achieved.
O The injuries came and the moaning started. moaning and mind boggling negativity. Just remember back then we didn’t have the squad to cover like we have now. No flair players to come back like Payet and Lanzini. Back then we didn’t have those players in the first place.
O Sometimes our supporters are embarrassing with they way they carry on!!!
O Yes we become more like whinging Spurs every day.