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Bilic could be in trouble if West Ham lose London derby against Tottenham

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 23 Sep 2017

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is under immense pressure already this season, with his side having started the campaign in abysmal fashion.

United are flirting with the bottom three ahead of their clash with title-chasers Tottenham and could find themselves in the relegation zone if they come unstuck.

It could be West Ham’s fourth league defeat of the season already, potentially making Bilic’s position untenable. He could be in trouble if his side fall short.

West Ham haven’t improved from last season’s disappointment

Slaven Bilic was already in the bad books of the board and supporters after West Ham United finished 11th last season with 45 points. Being so close to a top-half place was misleading given how poor the London side were throughout the campaign, and things haven’t improved since. Bilic joined West Ham in 2015, now in his third season as manager, and results seem to be getting worse not better.

The Hammers are currently 17th in the Premier League table with four points from five games this season, coming off the back of three defeats to Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United, beating Huddersfield Town and drawing with West Bromwich Albion. A heavy defeat to Tottenham this weekend could see United fall into the relegation places six games into the campaign. It won’t fill the club hierarchy with confidence.

Fans no longer trust Bilic

Supporters aren’t happy with the Hammers’ woeful defensive record – the joint-worst in the Premier League (10) – and even Bilic recently admitted he was feeling the pressure before his side ended their three-game losing start to the season. “I’ve felt the pressure for a whole year now, it didn’t start today. Although for me it’s not logical to be under pressure after three games only but it is modern football and of course I have felt the pressure,” he said to Sky Sports earlier in the month.

The London derby is a game fans will be desperate to see a performance in, let alone a victory. Supporters know Tottenham are favourites, but with West Ham’s seasonal objectives shifting to mere consolidation, games like Saturday’s against their rivals are like cup finals.


It doesn’t appear that West Ham have corrected the problems that blighted their season a year ago, and if the club hierarchy don’t believe there are improvements still being made they’ll wield the axe on Bilic. Defeat to Tottenham could leave the West Ham manager in a very sticky situation, as it would be the Hammers’ fourth defeat in six league games already. Tottenham are 8/13 to win against West Ham in Saturday lunchtime’s clash at the Olympic Stadium.


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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