Former Hammer turned pundit Tony Gale says Bilic is the right man for the job and that the board are to blame for our current problems.
“It’s the players that have got to do it for Bilic on Monday night, it’s a pressure game against Huddersfield, a real pressure game and they’ve got to rise to the occasion,” Gale told Sky Sports
“The fans will be behind them, but if it doesn’t start very well first 15-20 they might start to get on their backs but they’ve got to live with it, they’ve got to put up with this the players and man up a bit.
“I do definitely think Bilic is the right man for the job, I don’t think they’ve spent enough personally the board, I think you have to look at net spends and the net spend over the last couple of seasons has probably been around £10million which is probably the least in the Premier League.”
“So I think the manager needed more backing in the transfer market. The last couple of windows weren’t very good, this one has been decent and they’ve got to give him time with these decent players. I think he’s the man for the job because West Ham fans like him because most of all, he cares.”
Claret and Hugh note:
Of course, Tony Gale has got it wrong again as net spend is £46m over the past two seasons. Gale has often demonstrated in the past, he has no love for the current owners and gets his facts wrong!
2017/2018 Season Spent £41m Sold £21.8m Net spend £19.2m
IN: Arnautovic £25m Hernandez £16m
OUT: Norveit £4m, Randolph £5m, Fletcher £4m, Feghouli £3.8m Valencia £5m
2016/2017 Season Spent £63.72m Sold £36.90m Net spend £26.82m
IN: Ayew £21.69m, Lanzini £10.80m, Snodgrass £10.80m, Fonte £8.28m, Masuaku £6.39m
OUT: Payet £26.37m, Tomkins £10.37m
Does he perhaps mean £10m net spend per season? Still not correct but not as far out if so. Not really too bothered about his opinion though. Should have been a bit more this window but can’t change it now. Maybe we can show those big spenders Huddersfield it is about quality not quantity on Monday night. Tongue in cheek?
Gale was a very good player but he lets his loyalty get in the way of common sense with many of his views, he also doesn’t let the facts get in the way of a controversial opinion, it seems like most of the ex players have adopted this method of getting media time, hard to argue with the fact that it works to get them that but I am bored of listening to the verbal diarrhoea that comes out of most of them and the childish shouts for attention on skysports, it is worse than watching kids in a playing ground.
I am not sure who to blame is it the manager or the board or the players. In any case it is my opinion that Bilic has picked the wrong formation, the wrong players and the has gone with the wrong tactics in all the first 3 games. In my opinion Bilic has to improve or he should be sacked. If he picks the wrong formation and wrong team on Monday night and we lose I believe his time is up. He needs to go to a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 and get two players up top. My personal opinion is that it should be Hernandez and Sakho.