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Sullivan’s haunting ‘one season wonder’ Bilic message

sullivan_5535cTowards the end of last season David Sullivan was asked whether he was ready to extend Slaven Bilic’s contract.

Hs reponse will be haunting the co chairman himself, the manager and the fans.

Sullivan never minces his words and made his position clear with these words: “I will give Slaven a new deal in January. I just want to see that he is not a one-season wonder.

“I’m sure he is not but we will talk next January – or at the end of next season.”

He couldn’t have been any clearer and with the Hammers currently in total disarray it’s easy to understand whey the manager admits today that things are on his mind  24/7.

It’s too early to start calling for his head – he deserves time – but insiders have made it clear to ClaretandHugh that the “one season wonder” scenario will be shown after another five or six games.

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We were told: “You normally don’t have to wait that long to find out how it’s going to go – half a dozen games usually tells you what you need to know.”

The  manager is under no immediate threat and will be given time as the two Davids are just not sackers and give every manager their total support.

However,  improvement is clearly required if we are not to be into a nightmare scenario at some point although it remains too early to press any panic buttons.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

9 comments on “Sullivan’s haunting ‘one season wonder’ Bilic message

  1. if wh sack Bilic, huge huge mistake. He’s not a one season wonder, he’s a great manager.
    It’s not his fault that the owners also bring in players they want, Zaza is utter Pony.
    Masuako terrible, Adrian need a kick up the arse.
    collins and ogbonna they need a good kick up the arse too.
    why did wh sell Thompkins great defender, no that’s right sell him to another london club

    • Bilic wanted Zaha. He also desperately wanted Tore – another pony. The big mistake was to get in more wingers than he knows what to do with and not strengthen the defence until Arbeloa on the last day of the window. Yes, getting rid of Tomkins was a mistake. As was releasing O’Brien, who wasn’t great but who could just about hold his own in the PL.

      The warning signs were in the home defeat to Swansea In the last but one home game last season. Since then I have had my suspicions that Bilic is a media darling but a fraud. Interestingly I’m reading similar comments now. I also posted recently that he reminds me of Martinez in that regard. Now I’m reading comments like “Martinez 2.0”.

      It’s easy to dismiss the negativity bubbling around as knee jerk. The point is the root of it has been there since the implosion at the end of last season. We should have beaten Swansea and we should have got something out of the Stoke game. That would have secured at least Europa League group stage.

      Bilic was completely out-thought by Pullis, who also had the benefit of players who knew their jobs and carried them out.

      If we don’t beat Accrington and lose to Southampton, that’s enough. Lack of confidence breeds more lack of confidence. We’ve seen it all before. No-one wants the ball because no-one wants to make the next mistake. If Bilic can’t man manage them out of that mindset quickly…

      • Lmao now we definitely need experts like you supporting our club dont we who has such great insight he knows Bilic is a fraud.
        Fans like you make me puke…

        • Hehe this is typical of some rections from our amazingly loyal fans.BILIC IS A FRAUD..they shout from the rooftops.Who would be a manager of West Ham with fickle fans like these.

          • 53 years a fickle fan. Yeah right. For God’s sake wake up.

          • If you haven’t seen it before, I have. Many times. And still I go game in game out. Just because I’m realistic, doesn’t make me a fickle supporter.especially after 53 years. If you’ve got a real argument state it. That’s what sites like this are for. Cheap insults aren’t.

  2. Give it a rest Hugh.

  3. All the posts are doom and gloom Hugh, feeding the negativity mindset some fans have about our bad start, our move etc when things are not that bad, offensively we are scoring goals and can improve a lot, the most negative thing is our poor defending other than that, we have a new stadium, we are scoring loads of goals, we have played as bad as we can and yet realistically other than West Brom we could have had results in all our games, if we win a couple of games on the bounce everything will seem different, it won’t be just the results will have gone in our favour, onwards and upwards COYI!!!

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