Bilic close to signing new deal, say Sky Sports News

Sky Sports are today reporting that West Ham are close to agreeing a new contract with manager Slaven Bilic. With some fifteen months left on his current contract, Bilic was predictably coy when questioned during his press conference, claiming that he only thought of his contract in terms of the next two or three games. Perhaps this is indicative of the perilous position that the modern day football manager finds himself in, most recently demonstrated in the sacking of Raneri at Leicester, the etching on the Premier League trophy still fresh.

Bilic certainly seems to have the backing of Gold and Sullivan who have a tradition of standing by their managers where possible but with rumours of Mancini wanting to manage the Club never too distant, decisive action is needed. A new contract for Bilic would be a positive statement from the Club, dispelling any replacement rumours and giving us a stable platform on which to see out this season, taking us into the all important summer transfer window and our second season in the London Stadium. With a new contract in place, Bilic and his scouting team can begin to identify their main transfer targets for next season and perhaps allow us to act early, bringing in much needed talent in certain positions, most notably a right back and centre forward. It is time for the Club’s owners to back the ambition of the fans and the manager and invest in world class talent. Not temporary loan signings or unknown players from unknown leagues, the London Stadium is crying out for a new hero, a player with genuine pedigree.

Bilic is to be praised for his recent handling of the Payet situation, during which he conducted himself in a thoroughly professional manner throughout, despite the obvious personal anguish that he felt. The potential damage caused by the departure of our best player of last season cannot be underestimated but the Club’s and most notably Bilic’s handling of the situation has served only to galvanize both the team and the fans and has seen a fresh optimism sweep into the London Stadium. Gold and Sullivan must seize this opportunity and give the manager the contract he has earned and which the vast majority of West Ham fans believe he deserves. The Club is in safe hands with Bilic and can build something very special for both the long standing Hammers fans but also for a new generation, one which may well one day talk about the glories that Slaven Bilic bought to Stratford.

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