Leroy: Hammers board must be brave on Bilic

leroylogoKnees are jerking all over the place and the calls for Slaven Bilic’s head have grown  louder after another bitter defeat than at any time this season.

It’s understandable but to getting rid now is the wrong thing to do in my opinion. I see nobody on the staff or currently available who could come in and have anymore chance of keeping the Hammers safe than the bloke in charge.

A quick look at the game against Hull shows clearly that we won the first half by some distance but just couldn’t cope when they  came out and gave it a real go after the break.

Our problem has been that we don’t know what Hammers system we are going to see from week to week – sometimes it’s three at the back -sometimes four, some times one up, sometimes two.

Slav  needs to decide how he is going to play throughout the rest of the season and stick with it but to sack him now would be entirely counter productive and could cause more trouble than ever.

I’m sure the board is covering it’s back and sounding out agents as to which managers may be available. That sounds callous but it’s the way it works.

However, to fire him now is the wrong move – we have to sweat it out…there’s nothing else for it and somehow scrape the required points together.

It’s going to be nervy but he’s shown before he can sort things and with Antonio back, possibly Sakho and maybe Ogbonna things can turn.

I believe they will but it’s getting a bit too tight at the bottom and whatever happens in midweek at Arsenal next week’s game against Swansea is a total MUST WIN.

Then comes Sunderland and that could take it to six or at least four which would give things a much healthier look.

I still take the view that Slaven Bilic is a good manager who is having a bad year – it happens to many managers and in times like that you simply have to be brave and back your man.

I hope the West Ham board shows real bravery and does exactly that!


Leroy is ClaretandHugh’s chief pundit and top analyst for the Premier League


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13 comments on “Leroy: Hammers board must be brave on Bilic

  1. They showed the same bravery when Avram was in charge and yes we know where we ended up at the end of the season. What does that say when Leroy says we don’t know what system we are playing from week to week?

  2. Slav has 1-2 good years at each club then gets sacked from every job because It goes downhill from then. We are no different. Ex player or not – he needs/must go end of season. Let’s not forget he was the boards 3rd or 4th choice… and I can see why tbh

  3. This is the first time I have registered for this site but I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer.
    I’m working in Singapore for the last few years and have always been a Hammer,
    I think we all love Bilic as a bloke but I can’t stand another midnight game of Football and waking up at 5am thinking about the s*#t we are playing.
    On the reckoning of the Hull game, half the bloody team should be gone.
    We can’t even beat Hull and if we give the ball away as much as we did last night we will be crucified by Arsenal and I can’t see us winning another game.
    Surely Bilic has to pay the price for such poor Football.

  4. And by the way we have never given so many stupid cheap goals away as Long as I can remember – Cresswell probably the most disappointing player compared to last year by giving the Ball way and blaming others – thanks to the Hull centre half for completely missing another average cross that was well taken by Andy who is running his clogs off, along with Lanzini.
    Just so p***** off.

  5. For anyone interested please read this article from back in 2009 on KUMB. Tile is “A Bluenose wrote…” Food for thought in my opinion.

  6. Will be hard for all the Bilic lovers to take when Palace go above us. There is a lesson to be learned by the fans as well as the owners- who imo were swayed to keep him on back in Nov by the supporters opinion on here & other sites. We are likely to enjoy the consequences of that decision playing , & probably losing to, Burton QPR Etc next season. But it is not just the owners who bear responsibility for that decision.

  7. The vast majority of clubs who change managers mid-season, promote from inside, because few decent managers will volunteer to do a fire fighting job half way through a season. Mancini would not put his reputation on the line like Benetez, just to risk going down.
    So who at West Ham could be trusted to manage the club, if we got rid of Billic.
    It just wasn’t on.

  8. Just how depressing is this, our manager who gets a sh1t load of money to manage, predicts 9 points from three easier games and we get a big fat none. On top of the awful season anyway but we can’t think of anyone to take over. We have sleep walked into this situation and if we are not careful we will wake up at Villa Park.

  9. Just finishing my post trip to Hull rant how the hell have we ended up here from the promises of last season’s performance. A set of players who are not capable and don’t seem interested a manager who doesn’t seem capable either,sleepwalking into relegation and a complete bloody laughing stock for other teams to have a go. We bought bad in the summer we lost the most skilful player ever to wear the shirt and to try and shore things up in January we bought a couple of donkey’s. I don’t think I have ever, ever been more disillusioned.

  10. Its a beautiful sunny day guys i suggest you get some rays on your face.
    It has to be better than sulking about football.
    Over 250 people,probably many football fans killed in mudslides in Columbia,just think yourselves lucky you are only venting about a football team losing some matches for god sake.

  11. Everybody loves Slav, no one fears him and you need an edge of fear to get the best results imho.

  12. “Our problem has been that we don’t know what Hammers system we are going to see from week to week – sometimes it’s three at the back -sometimes four, some times one up, sometimes two.”

    Isn’t that what we need? We shouldn’t be set up the same way to play Chelsea away and Sunderland at home. Professional players should be able to play different systems. If we had a quality squad like Barcelona we could afford to have one system whoever we come up against. With our squad limitations, other coaches would have us worked out even more easily(!) if we only ever set up one way.

    • Our problem is that though we may use different formations, we are currently incapable of executing any of them.

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