Four defeats on the trot spell massive Slav problem

bilic-pressureWorking on the principle that the two Davids have always insisted no manager can survive six defeats on the trot, Slaven Bilic is deep in the brown stuff with Arsenal up next at the Emirates.

Obviously, however much we like and respect him as a man, we cannot go on like this and Slaven will know as well as everyone else that the end could now be very near.

Andy Carroll – leading the team in the absence of Mark Noble and Winston Reid – had given the Irons a perfect start with a goal out of the top drawer as he pulled down a fine cross and fired home.

The Hammers had won the first half by a distance on points but once Hull went through the gears and as the second half rally started, the confidence drained away and  the goals inevitably arrived from a side who were suddenly made to look like Barcelona.

Slaven knows the score and fingers can again be pointed at his signings – Jose Fonte (did we really pay £8 million?), Andre Ayew (record signing at £20m) , Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli.

Let’s not over analyse this. They just aren’t up to the job although a word for Arthur Masuaku who again looked quality when he came on.

The team is slow at the back, bang average in midfield with no cutting edge up top – given that, one fears for the midweek clash at Arsenal big time.

Deeper analysis will follow but for now it’s sufficient to say we are in 14th place just six points off the relegation places and showing no signs of arresting the decline.

In those circumstances there is usually only one answer.


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11 comments on “Four defeats on the trot spell massive Slav problem

  1. I am now officially worried about relegation. We can keep making excuses but the bottom line is we are sh1t & the brown sticky stuff has hit an industrial size fan.
    We look clueless with no one to lead us out the mire. I don’t want it but I think Bilic will be gone in may if we stay up or not.

  2. Don’t want to appear argumentative Hugh, but would you stick or twist?
    As much as I admire Slav, in all honesty I don’t really think he’s up to the task of keeping us up. IMO, of course.

  3. The owners principles are out of date and out of touch with today’s modern day football.

  4. Its now a case of just hanging on in there and surviving the drop as opposed to having a mid table season which I for one would have been quite happy with considering how everything has gone this season.Its a damning indictment on a manager and team that did so well last season.And lets not forget that if the current premiership champions can get rid of their manager cos results are not going right then Bilic is surely in the last chance saloon too.Defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday and he is almost a dead man walking especially as 3 of the 4 straight defeats have been against teams below us at the time.Huge rebuild and change of personnel in the Summer and for the first time I question if Slav is the man to do this.

  5. This is down to Bilic. Why have proven footballers, some of whom are internationals, come to the club and gone backwards?

  6. We keep kidding ourselves, don’t we ? Before these last 3 games everyone was talking about them being a good opportunity for 9 points. That is not what happened ! Instead of all the talk, what we need is action. That is up to the manager & the players. I am not sure that any of them are up to it ! When we lose at Arsenal that will be 5 defeats in a row & a crisis – just in time for the Swansea match ( a game we will HAVE to win). That will be too much pressure for this team of underperformers & they will probably lose again. And then, we will be the form team for relegation. You can see it a mile off. Cut out all the talk & start delivering a performance !

  7. 40 points will be enough but I can’t see us getting 40 out of what’s left! Fonte is a bad a signing as any summer ones! Without some changes at the top next year will be the same…

  8. This is the post Payet era. We are,at best, average without him- he was the one player we had on a regular basis, that could change games. To think at the start if the season we were expecting a 20 goals a season striker plus Payet etc. It’s turned out very disappointing. The old excuse of Carroll being injured doesn’t wash either. We just aren’t that good compounded by weaknesses in key areas- RB being one.
    The key now is whether the board will blink and get a new guy in for some sort of bounce to avoid threat of relegation- they would get sight of what we have and what we need ahead of the newseason

  9. The warnings have been there all season. The two wins at home against Hull and Burnley covered things up for a while. Its too late to sack Bilic now – who on earth would take the job who would be any better? Liverpool, Everton and Spurs at home are likely to be defeats. I cannot see a single win. Today was a Fat Sam respect the point game. its not looking good.

  10. Pmsl you lot are as mad as a box of frogs.
    We will be fine and guess what if we aint none of you get your houses repossessed or will get sacked from your jobs.
    Bunch of drama queens.

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