Frank Lampard tonight told the Hammers board they had to make a decision immediately on Slaven Bilic’s future.
The former Irons midfielder – acting as a pundit on BT Sport – explained that he knew Bilic and that “he is a good man” but believes there can be no more shilly shallying over his future.
The board has consistently held off making that crucial decision but Lampard said: “When you keep losing games so badly in front of a half empty stadium it gives a terrible feeling right through the club.
“They either have to back him completely or make the decision. That’s it.”
Bilic himself looked a broken man in his post match interview declaring when asked about his future: “I’ll talk to the chairmen. It’s obviously a difficult situation when you have two home defeats like that .
“But it’s not for me to be talking about the situation at this stage of things.”
However, he will once again have fallen foul of most fans view by saying of the match itself that the Hammers team didn’t lack effort in the latest heavy defeat!
The only thing in the statement by Lampard is that the board in my eyes have backed him completely, we have another performance where we gift the opponents all of their goals, we scored one very good goal and again didn’t really show any signs of pressing the opponents until we were 2 0 down, then when it was 3 1 the heads started to go down, the alarm bells are absolutely screaming, I hope the chairmen find a way to part before it’s too late. I really like Slav and believe he loves the club but he isn’t the man to steer us through this sadly.
The owners are the ones who should be holding their hands up tonight. They failed to see – along with quite a lot of Hammers fans- that Bilic was a busted flush last season. Sullivan has had the audacity to dress up his failure to act as a moral decision. I have no idea what the real explanation is but I don’t believe it is anything to do with morality.. Maybe didn’t want to pay up the contract, maybe didn’t want to upset the Bilic supporters, maybe just unable to make a decision, maybe unwilling to admit he had made a mistake. No idea, but that failure to act has left us without much chance of getting a decent replacement & could well mean a second relegation. Our club is in ruins tonight. Any chance of an apology or explanation from those who have overseen this? I will not hold my breath.