WEST HAM worry being pressured to sack Slaven Bilic subsequent week once they don’t have any substitute lined up.
Hammers boss Bilic is underneath growing strain with the membership slumped down in 16th place within the Premier League and searching a large number on the pitch.
And a heavy defeat at residence to Liverpool on Saturday could be the last straw for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold – regardless that they’ve no-one ready within the wings to take over.
There’s rising concern across the London Stadium about Bilic’s potential to encourage his gamers and organise the workforce.
One win within the final six league matches is a run of type that can’t proceed for much longer – regardless that Sullivan and Gold would favor to attend till the top of the season to decide on Bilic’s future.
And SunSport understands the axe may fall in the event that they lose to Liverpool this weekend, as a result of the membership really feel they should get factors on the board earlier than a nightmare run of video games in December.
They face successive matches in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Arsenal within the run-up to Christmas – a difficult run that would depart them in bother by the flip of the brand new 12 months.
That’s the reason there’s large significance on the Hammers getting a great factors haul from the three video games earlier than then, clashes with Watford, Leicester and Everton.
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One other loss and poor show this weekend will see but extra confidence eroded within the perception Bilic is the person to belief to get these factors within the bag.
It was hoped the dramatic comeback win within the Carabao Cup over Tottenham would supply the right springboard for a run of type.
However the Hammers threw away a two-goal lead at backside membership Crystal Palace final week to attract 2-2 – and within the second half Bilic’s facet seemed shambolic at occasions.
The issue for Sullivan and Gold has been their choice to attend till subsequent summer time in the event that they have been to make a change.
With that in thoughts that they had drawn up an inventory of potential targets – all of whom are in jobs elsewhere and who’re unlikely to be out there now.
Watford’s Marco Silva, Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Burnley boss Sean Dyche are all managers admired by the Hammers, however as issues stand they might don’t have any likelihood of tempting them to East London.
Hoffenheim’s highly-rated Julian Nagelsmann is one other who has caught the attention, however he’s one other who could now be past the Hammers with Bayern Munich .
Former Metropolis boss Roberto Mancini has lengthy been linked with West Ham, however he gave up ready and joined Zenit St Petersburg, whereas Rafa Benitez appears to be like settled in Newcastle.
So the Hammers board have needed to think about whether or not a caretaker appointment till the top of the season could be the one choice open to them.
Carlo Ancelotti is out there after leaving Bayern, although the Hammers must work arduous to persuade him to hitch them.
All of which leaves West Ham struggling for real alternate options – although protecting religion with Bilic could also be a fair worse choice as a relegation battle looms massive on the horizon.