Slav faces up to board’s ‘six defeat and out’ policy

bilic_main_3437996b-large_transpjliwavx4cowfcaekesb3kvxit-lggwcwqwla_rxju8David Sullivan and David Gold have one thing in mind when deciding whether or not to sack a manager.

They have always worked on the principle that six straight defeats is unsustainable and currently we are on three with matches against Hull, Arsenal, Swansea and Sunderland to come.

Given the nature of the opposition – three of the teams are in the bottom four –  it is probably realistic to say that anything other than two wins from the four will put the boss on the thinnest possible ice.

However the six on the bounce defeat factor  looks the remotest of possibilities and it’s far more likely that by the night of April 15 the Hammers will finally have secure Premier League safety, at which point the board’s hard thinking process will start.

We were told this morning that beyond results the team needs to produce some decent displays – not always the case in victory this season.

The bottom line is that there is no appetite for a chance of management because this particular board always prefers managers to fulfil the terms of the contract.

With Arsenal the exception, every match of the four looks eminently winnable and to be fair, at such a critical time Slav could hardly have a ‘softer’ programme ahead on him.

Should he and the team fail to take full advantage it’s unlikely few will argue with whatever the board decide to do.




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7 comments on “Slav faces up to board’s ‘six defeat and out’ policy

  1. Oh it’s all a bit dull isn’t it…. Slav won’t get the sack if stay up, even if we miss it by goal difference, he will get the sack if he ‘does an Avram’ – so what’s to discuss.

  2. Hmmm shall we discuss the draught at the London Stadium instead Pop? Lol

  3. On a slightly different note Hugh ! why do we keep signing good or possibly very good young players, When all we do is is farm them out on loan and not give them a chance??
    We need to blood some of these boys !! look at the youngsters that everton have blooded.

    • Well you name one example and Southampton could to be include but other than that very few do blood youngsters.
      Spuds do play youngsters but to a large extent they knew what they were getting with the likes of Ali.
      Chelski,well they just buy hundreds each year and send them to all four corners of the globe.
      If you watch the lower division matches there are vast numbers of Premier Club players learning their trade.It is across the board,we are certainly no exception to the rule.

  4. it is all very well saying that we might have secured “survival” by April 15th, but I remember before the run of games against Bournemouth, Leicester & Hull everyone was saying that this was an opportunity to get 9 points from the next 3 games – look what came of that, 2 games in & NO points ! I do not like to see such statements being made, it tempts providence & makes you look extremely silly when you are wiping the egg off your face !
    The reality is that we may not get another win this season – all the games are difficult. Certainly, if we do not get at least 1 win from the next 4 then we are in the sh*t & Bilic will be under severe threat. I hope that he succeeds – but I am not convinced that he really knows what he is doing.

  5. The reality is we might also win another four games.Too many ifs buts and maybes there Kcockayne.
    As far as im concerned we are safe anyway.The equivalent of nine points clear of Boro with gd and thats IF they win their game in hand.If not ten clear of the bottom three with gd.
    If any of the bottom three overtake us they will be overtaking a lot of other teams lower than us in the process.
    A relegation battle is actually not even worth talking about in my old humble opinion.Actually i will go as far as to say we are safe as houses and could well stay up if we only picked up another one or two points.

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