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Five reasons why West Ham United should stick with Slaven Bilic

Friday 31st March 2017
West Ham have not had the most glamorous of campaigns this season. Forcing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic. Here are five reasons why the Hammers should stick with the 48-year-old as their gaffer.

1: Slaven Bilic knows the club

Bilic knows what it takes to be a West Ham player so he should also realise what is required to improve for next season.

Granted that the East London side's form this season has been indifferent in their new London Stadium home, but Bilic still has the abilities as a manager to turn things around.

If you go back to his first campaign in the Premier League last season, you saw a team full of attacking flair and ability. He just needs to get the right players in again and build a side that can make West Ham fans proud.

2: He's actually been unlucky

If you think about it, there has been a lot of things that have gone against Bilic this season.

For one, the attitude of key man, Dimitri Payet has really let him down. The Frenchman had glimpses earlier in the campaign of the talent we witnessed last term, but his persistence in wanting to move back to his homeland really caused problems in the West Ham ranks.

Additionally, the injuries suffered at some point during the season to the likes of Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell has left the former Croatia boss to experiment with his side.

This has lead to players playing out of position or individuals being rushed back to fitness quicker than he would like, so I'm certain with a fully-fit squad, Bilic can get the best out of West Ham.

3: Deserves more support

One of the reasons as to why West Ham have suffered this season has been due to their poor purchases during the summer transfer window.

The likes of Sofiane Feghouli, Arthur Masuaku and Jonathan Calleri have all been disappointing signings. That is without even mentioning the likes of Havard Nordtveit, Alvaro Arbeloa or Gokhan Tore.

So with that in mind, Bilic needs support in the transfer market. He needs his joint-chairman, David Gold and David Sullivan, to make sure that the players who do come in are suitable for the Premier League and are right for West Ham's squad.

You imagine with a figure around £50 million, that a lot of spending could be done on some decent players to make the Hammers a top ten side next season.

4: His Passion

One of the things that make Slaven Bilic so likeable is his ability to show passion on the touchlines.

You really do get the sense that he is a fan of the club and feels a defeat as much as anyone in the stands.

Of course, you can't just have a manager based on his passion. Nonetheless, showing that he really cares goes a long way in football when trying to improve on poor performances and that should be respected.

5: Who would replace him?

There have been talks of Huddersfield boss David Wagner being potentially considered to replace Bilic. Whilst the German has shown good qualities in his first full season in English football, you have to remember that he has yet to manage in the top-flight.

Realistically, given the size of the stadium and the ambitions, West Ham could attract a decent manager, but who is available at this moment in time?

Frank de Boer or Roberto Mancini could be two possible contenders, but could they continentally take West Ham to the top half of the table? I'm unsure.

Certainly, for now, I believe Bilic should be given another season. He has made mistakes but as has the board. It's time he is given some support to improve West Ham for the 2017/18 campaign, but only time will tell.....
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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