Hammers speak on “caretaker boss” story

No chance of Terry Westley or anyone else becoming caretaker boss.

No chance of Terry Westley or anyone else becoming caretaker boss.

Reports that West Ham are considering a short term replacement for Slaven Bilic until the end of the season have been entirely rubbished this morning.

The Telegraph ran a story on the line that should the team lose to Swansea City on Saturday, in what would be his sixth straight defeat in the Premier League, a contingency plan is in place to appoint a caretaker boss.

The report declares: “The club’s co-owner David Sullivan and Karren Brady, the chief executive, have shown faith in Bilic so far but results are reaching the stage where the club feel that they would have no choice but to try to jump-start the club’s season by clearing out the manager and his staff.

They are limited in their scope to appoint a new face with so few games left but defeat at home by Swansea would force their hand.”

That David Gold – as co club chairman isn’t mentioned – devalues the story anyway but when we contacted our senior source this morning we were told categorically: “There is not one iota of truth in the story.”

Even were the Hammers to have considered it, this would have taken no more than two minutes thinking time because apart from Terry Westley there is absolutely nobody who can step into the role.

And the Development team coach has only very limited limited experience in the League having stepped in on a temporary basis at Luton Town in the 90s and at Derby County following the departure of Phil Brown.

CandH has been told regularly that Slaven Bilic is with us until the end of the season and the vote of confidence given by the board was entirely honest in that respect.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    If they had too I am sure Harry Redknapp would have stepped in for the right price.

  • GW says:

    There’s plenty of wannabe managers in cyberspace that are fully qualified to do the job apparently😀😀 While we’re at it there seems to be plenty of multi millionaires that sit behind a keyboard every Saturday and throughout the week that can run the club too, so there you go don’t worry about getting rid of Slav or the owners just put the wannabes in charge😂😂😂

  • Hammer64 says:

    Is this what they call ‘fake news’?

    Hey that gives me an idea..what about Trump for manager. BOMB SWANSEA!! BUILD A WALL ALONG THE HALFWAY LINE WHEN WE PLAY ANY SIDE IN THE TOP 6!

    There you are DS& DG. Job done. My normal consultancy fee applies.

  • John says:

    Lmao GW. Love the idea of one of the Keyboard Managers taking charge of the side answering to a pair of Keyboard Owners. That’s too funny for words, but I predict training 3 times day, 4 times on a Sunday, substitutions after 10 mins if things aren’t working out, buying back UP and playing there immediately while the other 3 stands are built, Big Sam back as defensive coach. Syd Puddledoot as attacking coach. £500M transfer budget. Each window. No popcorn on sale and free pies to pensioners. Nappies on general sale. John Lyall gates repositioned on the half way line.

    Sounds pretty good actually 😂😂

  • winchester hammer says:

    Well it’s too late now of course. People on this site dispatching my comments with ridicule four months ago, when i said get rid now. He hasn’t a clue what to do. He’s a fraud. And now….?

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