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West Ham fans turning on Slaven Bilic, board

Monday 4th September 2017
Amidst a poor start and a transfer window that left many disappointed, West Ham fans appear to be turning on the board and manager Slaven Bilic. 

The Hammers currently sit rock bottom in the Premier League with no points and a -8 goal difference.

What has most concerned West Ham faithful is poor performance levels, particularly defending. The ease with which West Ham have conceded goals is alarming.

Questions are beginning to be asked. Manager Slaven Bilic, a former West Ham defender himself, hasn't demonstrated the ability to set up a team that does not leak goals, especially when the Hammers are ahead or at level pegging.

The popular twitter account @WHUFC_News describes itself as the "largest independent West Ham account." It summed up the fan base's mood with a Twitter image depicting the board and manager as circus members.
On paper, West Ham made very good signings in the summer transfer window. Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautović and Javier Hernández are Premier League households names with a wealth of experience between them.

Joe Hart is England's first choice goalkeeper. He made over 266 appearances for Manchester City. The Hammers signed the England international on a season long-loan with a view to a permanent transfer. It appears a very shroud piece of business.

Similarly, former Manchester City captain Pablo Zabaleta made 230 appearances in sky blue. Mark Arnatouvic earned 125 caps for Stoke City during his four-year spell at the Bet365.

Yet, the best signing was Javier Hernández. With Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll sidelined due to injury, the Hammers were lacking a goalscorer. Chicarito's record in that department speaks for itself.
The Mexican International scored 37 for Manchester United, seven for Real Madrid, and 28 times for Bayer Leverkusen. Despite his travels, the 29-year-old Chivas de Guadalajara product still has youth on his side.

Given the poor start to the season, West Ham faithful are worried about the depth of the squad despite the acquisitions.

William Carvalho is another player West Ham pursued.

It is no secret that we made a club record bid for Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho but unfortunately that offer was rejected a couple of weeks ago. Late last night Sporting Lisbon made contact to accept the original offer, but unfortunately it was just too late in the day, and we simply did not have enough time to put the player through a medical. We were not prepared, as a club, to buy a player for that amount of money without him having gone through adequate medical checks.   -- West Ham Chairman David Sullivan on the club's official website

Sporting Lisbon's Communications Director has reportedly denied the Hammers lodged a bid for the player.
Only time will tell regarding the Carvalho saga's outcome. Meanwhile, the mood at the East London club is rather sour. Fans are increasingly turning on the board and manager.

Still, supporters are fickle. A few good results and the mood will swiftly change at the London Stadium.

Cameron Broome
Born and raised in West Yorkshire, England, Cameron is a Huddersfield Town season ticket holder and has attended matches since he was five. However, Cameron is a West Ham fan where he has been a club member for several years, regularly attending matches with his Dad. His favourite players growing up were Andy Booth and Mark Noble. Over the years, both of his teams have evolved and he is optimistic about their future. He believes his two clubs have lots in common: both are family-oriented, rich in history and have sensible (yet ambitious) boards of directors.

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