West Ham to review Slaven Bilic's position in the summer

by Jack Kitson / 03 May 2017, 09:59

Slaven Bilic’s future remains up in the air following the announcement that West Ham will review his position at the end of the season.

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Bilic enjoyed a cracking debut campaign with the Hammers, impressively leading the club to within four points of a top-4 place finish in their last season at Upton Park.

However, it’s been a depressingly different story this term, with the club notably struggling in their new home: The London Stadium.

With three games to go Bilic’s troops are down in 15th and a whopping 27 points adrift of the Champions League places, dangling dangerously above the relegation zone. In fact, their Premier League status is by no means assured, with only seven points separating them from Swansea in 18th.

The Irons, who have picked up just one win in 11 games, are next in action on Friday at home to their in-form rivals Tottenham.

On current form the Hammers don’t stand a chance, and should they sink to their 17th league defeat of the season, then the margin between themselves and the relegation zone could well have decreased to just four points come Saturday night.

According to The Guardian Bilic’s future hangs on how West Ham perform in their final two home games against Spurs and Liverpool, and the omens aren’t good considering that they are yet to beat a side in the current top-8 so far this season.

There are some interesting names in the mix should the Croatian depart in the summer. Lazio boss Simeone Inzaghi is the new 7/2 favourite (Paddy Power) to switch Italy for England, while another Italian in Roberto Mancini is right alongside him in the betting.

Other contenders include Marcelo Bielsa, although he’s set to become the new manager of Lille, former Marseille boss Rudi Garcia, PSG’s Unai Emery, who was linked with the Hammers prior to Bilic’s appointment, while Eddie Howe also features.

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