There will not be too many articles written soon after a win and three much needed points that will put a case forward for a manager to be sacked, but as this is about Slaven Bilic and West Ham United and I’m sure you’ll find my justification sound.
‘Slav’ is a very popular man among our support; home and away you’ll hear supporters singing ‘Super Slaven Bilic’, because despite the poor results, bizarre tactics and direct brand of football he’s become synonymous with, he’s a likable guy who I feel genuinely cares about the club and has an affinity with the supporters in the stand. Which of course is the polar opposite to the previous incumbent Sam Allardyche, who seemed to enjoy the fractious and antagonistic relationship he had with us. But football isn’t about personalities.
Going into this season it appeared as if the manager, players and the board were in sync. Unfortunately, what has followed is a circus at board level, miserable performances on the pitch and a manager who looks as if he’s ran out of ideas. After the opening three defeats – Bilic transformed our approach for a more direct game, similar to that of Big Sam.
The problem with the results and football being offered to supporters is that we were all hoping with the players at our disposal we could play with a bit of fluency and flair. That’s not the case, in fact, we have our star striker forced out-wide where he’s essentially a passenger and our game revolves around lumping the ball up to Andy Carroll.
Results have admittedly got better, but with 7 points on the board coming against newly promoted Huddersfield, a poor Swansea team and a tedious affair against West Brom, we still look incredibly fragile. The fact is this West Ham squad don’t look fit, the players haven’t gelled, those that aren’t performing are still being picked, and against better teams our rigid system will be torn to pieces.
Slaven Bilic has to go because we aren’t improving and it actually seems as if we’re going backwards. Unfortunately for him there are better managers available or likely to be. Benitez, Mancini or even Anchelotti are leaders the club should be seeking to employ if we are to part-company with Bilic. They are also the type of managers with winning mentalities, a history of success and the ‘X Factor’ to help the club fulfil its ambitions to become a top 6 side.
It’s not all Slaven’s fault. A lot of the blame be pointed on the board, but that’s another story for another time.
Written by Scott Bowman, follow him on twitter @ScottyBowman6
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