There has been a lot of talk over the future of West Ham manager Slaven Bilic across the entirety of this season.
As the board embark on a brave new era for the club with their move to Stratford and the London Stadium they will need to ensure they have the right man at the helm to guide the side through what has already proved to be a tough time.
However, the Croatian, for many, has more than proved his worth to the likes of co-owners, David’s Gold and Sullivan over what has been a more than turbulent season.
The early months at their new home brought trouble both on the pitch and in the stands as home fans, displeased with their seating arrangements and staff, clashed amongst themselves meaning the headlines following games ignored the poor showings from the Hammers.
Ahead of the festive period there was still talk of a potential relegation battle in the New Year, however, Bilic managed to steady the ship and began to turn results around. Just as things were looking up, the manager in east London was dealt another decisive blow as star man Dimitri Payet decided that he’d had enough and was sold to Marseille.
At that point, most fans would have forgiven their manager for a dip in form, a squad low on morale after such a blow surely couldn’t respond? However, if anything the departure of the French playmaker invigorated the Hammers squad and they continued their turn in form, the highlight being a 3-1 win over Southampton on the south coast.
Since that win, however, Bilic is without a win meaning there have been fresh questions over his position with the powers that be at the London Stadium now supposedly planning to hold off until the close of the season regarding any fresh deal.
However, it would be far from helpful for the manager have his future hanging in the balance whilst he could be plotting ahead. There are no questions over those in charge sacking him at the moment, however, he will not be wanting to plan for just the next season. Any signings made over the summer will have long term impacts in mind and, therefore, Bilic will be keen to know what the long term holds for himself.
In such a tough season, the former Besiktas manager has more than earned a new deal and, for the sake of the club going forward, a new contract should be put down as soon as possible.