Results have been poor for West Ham this season since moving to the London Olympic stadium and rumour mills have been suggesting that coach, Slaven Bilic is leading the sack race.
However, former West Ham striker, Tony Cottee does not see things that way. He believes Bilic still got what he takes to move the Hammers to the next level despite current situation.
West Ham currently sitting 16th on the league table with 8 points from 9 matches, same as Everton on last relegation spot, 18th. But Cottee is looking beyond performance on the field, but rather, love and passion for the club coupled with ability to be able to get the fans behind him as key for the club.
In an exclusive interview with AskFans, Cottee said: “Given the time he will get it right. Problem is, he’s in the last year of his contract and we’ll have to see what happens. Of course, he’s an ex-team mate of mine so I’m a little bit bias.
We played together back in the 94-95 season. Not everyone can support the club, obviously, but the fact Slaven has played for the club – he gets it. He knows what it means.”
This statement by Cottee does not necessarily state the mind of the club owner. Bilic has been threading on this lane for a long time and he’s used to being in the sack race. West Ham also started the season on a bad note last season but were able to navigate the storm and survive any late scare.
Moving to a new stadium has also been a cause of worry for the Hammers as they have yet to acclimatize with their new home ground. However, if the run of poor games continues, it will be difficult for Bilic to survive it this time around.
West Ham next five games include a travel to Wembley at the Carabao cup to face Tottenham, followed by a visit to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace before they entertain Liverpool at home.
They travel again to Vicarage road to face inform Watford and later host Leicester at home. Whatever the result is in these matches will determine what the future really holds for Bilic.