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Liverpool defeat could be final straw

BilicupThe Sun newspaper claim today that a heavy defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday may be the final straw for the board patience with Slaven Bilic even though they have no-one waiting in the wings to take over. The paper says the club feel they need to get points on the board before a nightmare run of games in December. The  Sun claims there is growing concern around the London Stadium about Bilic’s ability to inspire his players and organise the team.

The Hammers face successive matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the run-up to Christmas – a challenging run that could leave them in the relegation zone by the turn of the new year.

That is why the board see a huge importance in West Ham earning as many points as possible from the three games before then, which are Watford, Leicester and Everton.

The Sun name Watford’s Marco Silva, Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Burnley boss Sean Dyche, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, former City boss Roberto Mancini and Newcastle’s  Rafa Benitez as potential candidates but admit there is no chance of landing any of these in the short term.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

19 comments on “Liverpool defeat could be final straw

  1. Then let’s hope that happens because Bilic and his team are useless and dragging us to new lows!

  2. I can’t believe people still use that rag as a source of “news”.

  3. It’s hardly ‘news’ is it?

    What we can agree on is that us punters have got the ‘ump – and we’d like to see the Board reacting positively to the situation – how long can they just let things drift?

  4. It is not good if the club wait any longer. If you get a new man in just before those nightmare games there will not even be the usual ‘new manager bounce’ effect. I remember with Pards coming in & taking ages to get a first win how depressing that was. Mind you, even worse would no change. The owners have just turned this into a complete mess, with a lame dog manager & nobody to bring in. I don’t want some faceless ‘investment company ‘ or overseas big shot who doesn’t even know where West Ham is, but i do think that the owners should have a hard look at themselves if they fail to turn this around. It is good to see owners giving managers time, but there is something called misplaced loyalty. To have delayed too long once is fair enough- twice is not.

  5. If we do lose heavily to Liverpool, then enough is enough..
    For me, the best solution is using Terry Westley as our care-taker manager till January or even next summer.
    Win, draw,or lose, he will have more of our younger guys getting a fair go, and we will see a much better style of entertaining football, and combined with the best of our first team squad, we should have a faster, stronger first team, with a lot more enthusiasm.

  6. The right manager is never available during the season, otherwise he would not be the right manager. We need a replacement but it would likely be only a stop-gap, and we need to get one who will keep us up. It’s a narrow field.
    As for the ones mentioned; for me, take away Martinez and Dyche and add Chris Hughton to the list.

  7. Get PDC in. Think of the positives, for example, if we lose then he’ll give them a real rollocking, if the game is boring, then when we do a goose step conga around the stadium. Just be careful lifting your arm should you need to scratch your armpit.

  8. I think we have to accept that we are going down this season. We have had players leave and ask to leave, players sent out on loan and the common thread seems to be that all is not well at West Ham!……we now don’t have our own Ground, and we could free fall into the Football League, who will want to come to the Hammers, we will struggle to attract player’s when we are in the Premierships, when we go down we will be bottom feeders along with the other small fry!

  9. It seems that Liverpool are going to be without four of their top players, so we may be in with a chance of beating them especially since they played last night. However, I stand by what I have said since the end of last season – if Bilic is still manager at Christmas, we shall be relegated.

    • Phil could play. Wini is out bc Ankle sprain in CL game & luckily Mane still is & Lallana. But Milner has been in great form & Salah & Firmino Can. They will score we just have to they & score more unfortunately we went from 2 injuries a week ago to Zab suspended Byram, Fonte, Reid, Collins, & Ant is ruled out (tho he hasn’t been fit all seasons & could be put in anyway) Creswell still not sure of either.

  10. Lose or if actually get a point or win. Based on our lack of performances fitness etc Bilic still needs to go, our 2 wins were lucky esp Swansea. Slav & players somehow get points when’s desperate but we need more then that & we always raise game against Spuds. End of last season since that’s like winning a cup to us it give Bilic more time.but we are just putting of the inevitable.
    Sleep w the Fishes mention Houghton who would do a good job.
    And I think if we are going after someone in a job we should be after Chris Wilder & Salvisa Jokanovic. They makes less money Wilder has done a lot with a lil same w Jokanovic who plays football we would like won Promotion for Watford.
    He lives in London and PL jobs don’t come often he turned down Palace & we but now that Fulham aren’t in top & the Championship is loaded w money & though teams I think we could get him. And we have been linked w him.
    Wilder won w Oxford. Then 99pts won League 2 w Northampton 2nd year after saving them year before to mid table. Then 1st year w Sheff Utd 100pts won League 1 now at top of table. He is ambitious but also a a Sheff Utd fan.

    We don’t need a big name or world beater, need a coach who can work with what he has and would love the chance to prove himself in PL. Neither Wilder or Jokanovic are pushovers & one is English other speaks English….

    But Moyee is the Bookies Fav right now but he looked like walking dead at Sunderland.

  11. I would like to believe it is true but they let Avram go on even when it was blindingly obvious we would be relegated. The only things they have said openly on the matter is that Bilic will be allowed to see his contract out.

  12. Byram is now reported to have a torn quadricep. If true he needs replacing. Fernandes has played there for us before.

    • …and Antonio has pulled lame with a rib injury – mind you he’s not looked fit since the Huddersfield game.

      I’m in the Moyes camp – he did a good job at Everton and then was given a ‘poisoned chalice’ at Manchester United following Alex Ferguson with what was an ageing team that required major surgery – and Sunderland has proved to be a basket case, a terrible team and he wasn’t supported in the Transfer Market.

      I fancy him because he has great knowledge of the League, appears to be his own man and won’t be dominated by an amateur like David Sullivan. He’d get the Team organised, is very ‘hands-on’ and would work hard on their fitness and organisation. Additionally, he’s available and could start on Sunday morning!

  13. Moyes, Pardew, Westley, – I thought I was the only one slowly sinking into the abyss. What has Bilic done to us? Just waiting for Neville, Giggs or BFS to appear next! Where’s the paracetamol, my heads banging!

    • Sam already has but he is also up for Everton & USA. Can’t see him coming back or them offering.
      Nuno turned down Everton. Wilder, Jokanovic, Beilsa, these are possible and are Coaches

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