Given everything we read on social media I was pleasantly surprised to hear the audible crowd support for Slaven Bilic.
Even before Kouyate’s crucial goal sections of the London Stadium home crowd were singing “Super Slav, Super Slav, Super Slaven Bilic”.
The song was repeated several things during the game against Swansea City long before we sealed the three points.
Slav – normally entirely absorbed in the game and not showing much reaction – showed his relief and pleasure by lifting his arm in appreciation.
Despite having a tricky second season in charge Slav seems to retain the majority of support from the match going fans and it was great to see supporters to get behind the manager as well as the players.
Slav has spent 89 matches in charge winning 35, drawing 24 and losing 30. His average win ratio is 39.3% at West Ham and a 36% average over the last ten years.
The win ratio is better than the three previous managers under Gold and Sullivan at West Ham. Avram Grant managed 31.91%, Gianfranco Zola was 28.75% while Sam Allardyce 37.57%.