Is It Time For West Ham to Move On From Slaven Bilić?

Is It Time For West Ham to Move On From Slaven Bilić?
Aug 27, 2017

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West Ham have now lost their first three matches of the 2017/18 Premier League season with their latest loss being an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Newcastle United. Frustration has been growing throughout the Hammers’ fan base as the team has yet to put in a good performance this season. It begs the question, should Slaven Bilić be sacked?

The Croatian joined the club prior to the 2015/16 season, which turned out to be an incredible one for West Ham. However, towards the end of the 15/16 campaign, the Hammers started to struggle. Slaven Bilić’s side conceded two or more in each of the last three games, losing two of them.

Then came the 2016/17 season. There was a lot of optimism around West Ham coming into the season, but it quickly faded away. Following what proved to be a dreadful summer, West Ham lost six of eight competitive matches, including being knocked out prior to the Europa League group stages, by Astra. The Irons ended up finishing 11th in the league, which flattered them, considering West Ham only finished the season on 45 points.

Today, West Ham have lost their first three Premier League games. The Irons lone win of the season came against Cheltenham Town, in an unconvincing 2-0 triumph. Bilić’s side have now only won five of their last 24 games, and have lost 22 of their last 44. West Ham’s defence only seems to be getting worse with every passing game, and the players are not bad individuals.

At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that Bilić is not a good enough manager to take West Ham where they want to go. The Croatian is arguably the worst manager in the league, and his decisions over the past 12 months show that. Today, the Croatian started Mark Noble, and 18-year-old Declan Rice over fully-fit Pedro Obiang, and Chiekhou Kouyaté, who’s been back for over a week now.

That’s nothing against Noble or Rice, Noble has been a great servant for West Ham, and Rice is a promising young player, but there was no good reason to start those two over players who are clearly the Irons two best midfielders.

Since Sam Allardyce left the club, the Hammers defence has been deteriorating.  Bilić turned down the chance to sign Rio Ferdinand as a defensive coach because he felt he could fix the Irons leaky defense himself. Now, months later, we are still talking about how West Ham cannot stop leaking goals.

The Hammers seem lost from the opening whistle almost every single week, which is unacceptable for a team in the Premier League. Lots of people talk about how certain managers lack a plan B in games, to be able to adjust if their original game plan doesn’t work. Bilić doesn’t look to have a game plan to begin with, and it shows every single week.

It also must be said that under the Croatian, West Ham do not look to have an identity. The players are unsure what to do when they get on the ball, and no one seems to be on the same wavelength. It makes you wonder what Bilić even does in training with how unprepared his team looks every week, and it is not acceptable in the slightest. If West Ham want to progress, it is time to move on from Slaven Bilić.

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