West Ham United have been really patient with Slaven Bilic. The Croatian tactician has not been able to get his tactics right this season despite spending heavily over the summer to bring choice players to London, but the management of West Ham has had enough and asked that Bilic leave his position with the Club on Monday, albeit with “disappointment and heavy hearts”.
“The Chairmen and board of West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks and gratitude to Slaven and his team for their services over the past two-and-a-half years, but believe a change is now necessary in order for the Club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition,” a statement by the club said.
“During the summer, the Board invested heavily signing the players Slaven believed would complete the squad he needed to push the Club back towards the level we had reached in his first season, and we believe we have the players capable of doing that,” another statement signed by joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said.
“Sadly, performances and results have not been of the expected standard and, in recent weeks, we have not seen enough indication of the required improvement to give us the encouragement that things would change and we would meet our Premier League aspirations this season.”
“As custodians of the Football Club it is our responsibility as a Board to do what is best for West Ham United, and we believe a change is now necessary to ensure we can begin to move the team back in the right direction.”
Bilic won’t take the fall alone; his coaching assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak who have not been able to help the manager in his tactical derth have also left the Club with immediate effect.
The Club has begun search for a new “quality” manager to take West Ham United forward. West Ham is not asking for too much; the Club wants to be back in top 10. Moyes, Koeman, Dyche, anyone?
There are reports that David Moyes is the favourite to replace Bilic but is David the right “quality” that can take the London Club back up?