West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is fighting for his job at the London Stadium, and could lose it should his side lose to Swansea today, according to talkSPORT.
The Croatian led the Hammers to a stunning seventh place finish in the Premier League last season, but this time round things have been much tougher going for the East London club.
Bilic’s men are 15th in the table with just nine wins from their 31 league games, and host Swansea City at the London Stadium this afternoon (3pm kick-off) knowing that defeat could leave them just two points above the bottom three.
And it’s their recent run of form, which has seen them lose five games on the bounce and not win since the start of January, which leaves the future of 48-year-old Bilic very much hanging in the balance.
Co-owner David Sullivan apologised to fans following their 3-2 defeat at home to Leicester a few weeks ago, and then Bilic received the dreaded vote of confidence from the board this week following a dreadful run which has made relegation a genuine possibility.
The West Ham boss has a year left on his current deal at the London Stadium, but The Mirror report that there will be no new contract offer for the Croat, and defeat today at home to fellow strugglers Swansea could even signal the end of his two-year stint in charge at the club.
Ultimately, it’s not looking at all good for Bilic, and not only could defeat this afternoon see him lose his job, but it would increase the likelihood of West Ham losing their Premier League status come May.
The Hammers, who moved into the London Stadium this season and also saw Dimitri Payet leave in January, are just five points clear of the drop with seven games remaining, leaving today’s relegation six-pointer as arguably Bilic’s biggest match in charge of the club since taking over in 2015.