There have been persistent reports that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is not a safe as some may think. Former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, who is currently unattached having been relieved of his duties at Inter Milan, has been picked out as a possible successor to the Croatian.
However, whilst many fans may have lost faith with the ex-Hammers defender, it would be a grave mistake on the part of David Sullivan, David Gold and Karen Brady to oust their manager at this stage.
This season has, in realistic terms, been somewhat of a horror show for the club. The move from Upton Park to the London Stadium has gone far from smoothly, which earlier in the campaign translated to awful form on the pitch before the whole saga around fallen hero Dimitri Payet.
Bilic handled the debacle surrounding the wantaway playmaker as well as anyone could have, especially when you consider that David Sullivan admitted that he and the board would have rather the stroppy France international would have stayed put and been made an example of.
The manager, however, understood perfectly that his squad, who have subsequently rallied behind the boss’ decision, would be far better off without such a player in the mix.
The January additions made during the window, whilst not purely down to Bilic, have been astute and a marked improvement on the lacklustre summer signings.
The Croat needs the adequate time to work with his new, more rounded squad. He now has the chance to show what he can do with the likes of Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini when their instructions aren’t to simply pass it to Payet.
European football this season is a big ask, but the club are at the beginning of quite the project after the move to an impressive stadium.
With this project, the club need stability and a manager fans can support, there are not many out there more suitable for the east London club than Bilic.
Reliability and stability are not words that come to mind when the name Roberto Mancini appears. Whilst the former Man City boss was successful at The Etihad, there were also down points, the literal training ground bust up with Mario Balotelli comes to mind, just what would he have done with Payet?
In Bilic messrs Gold, Sullivan and Brady have a manager that their players and the vast majority of their fan base are firmly behind, they will work for him and fight for him at every opportunity.
At a tough time for the club with the big move and a sub-par league campaign, the last thing is needed is a managerial change.