Will he stay, or will he go? It’s the question which West Ham United fans will be pondering tonight, as they await official word from the club’s hierarchy regarding the future of manager Slaven Bilic.
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Following Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, a defeat which leaves the Hammers just one place and one point clear of the relegation zone, NBC Sports broadcasters Arlo White and Lee Dixon tackled the question of whether or not Bilic should and/or will be given more time to save his job (above video) and begin steering the club toward the top half of the Premier League table.
Perhaps working in his favor, as White points out, is the fact that no obvious replacement has emerged from the sea of retread candidates. West Ham find themselves stranded somewhere in the awkward middle — too big and with too much to lose, thus unable to take a risk on an up-and-comer; yet, not yet established as one of the PL’s “big boys,” thus unable to attract anyone of consequence who already holds a similar mid-to-upper-level job.
As much as everyone else, Bilic is in the dark and anxiously awaits a resolution, though he steadfastly maintains confidence in his ability to do the job — quotes from the BBC:
“The pressure mounts game by game and at this moment it is big. We will see what the club will do. The club is above everyone.”
“I don’t feel a broken man. On the other hand, the situation for West Ham is not good and the club is above every individual.
“I cannot say anything negative [about the owners]. They have been supportive, very good to me in my two and half seasons, but the situation is very difficult.”