Uncertainty surrounds the future of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

by Jack Kitson / 30 March 2017, 13:25

Slaven Bilic has come under pressure in recent weeks after failing to win any of his last five matches in charge of West Ham, while he’s come away empty handed from each of his sides’ most recent three games.

Rumours are rife that the Hammers chiefs could be set to let Bilic’s contract run-out next summer (2018), or if their dire form continues a change in the dugout could even occur during, or come the end, of the current campaign.

Bilic can be backed at a tempting 14/1 in the Premier League Sack Race

Ladbrokes have reacted to the on-going speculation surrounding Bilic’s future by becoming the first bookmaker to open up the Next West Ham Manager Market, which features a handful of interesting contenders.

Man City’s former title winning manager, Roberto Mancini, has long been linked with a return to the Premier League and it’s the unemployed Italian who leads the betting at 3/1.

Next in the running is Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (4/1), followed by former Hammers gaffer Harry Redknapp (7/1), and Leeds’ Garry Monk (8/1), while Sean Dyche of Burnley can be found at 12/1.

A scroll further down the list reveals a certain Paolo Di Canio at 25/1…

With nine matches remaining 12th-placed West Ham are probably just about safe from relegation, with 10 points separating the club from the dreaded drop zone.

However, safety is by no means guaranteed and should their dire slump continue then they’ll be dragged into a relegation scrap.

Next up for Bilic’s men is a tricky trip to a Hull side that are unbeaten at home under Marco Silva, having won five and drawn one of his six matches at the KCOM Stadium. The visitors are priced at 2/1 to grab their first win in six, although it’s the hosts that look the best bet at 6/4 (Betfair).

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