It looks highly likely that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will help the Hammers avoid the dreaded drop – but that may not be enough to save his job, it has emerged.
A mini-run of four game without defeat means Bilic’s men would appear to have retained their top flight status, though it should be said that they are not mathematically safe just yet. After 39 games, the Hammers have 35 points and sit in 15th position in the table.
But despite steering West Ham away from the relegation positions (it’s a fair point to say he steered them there in the first place, by the way), for Bilic to staying in the London Stadium hotseat is not a matter of formality, mainstream media are reporting today.
It is said that the Hammers hierarchy will review Bilic’s position – he has just over a year left on his three-year deal – at the end of the campaign.
The powers that be at West Ham are maintaining a silence over the topic but what is obvious is that Bilic must display a firm leadership to hand his side and their fans an encouraging conclusion to the season.
That can start with obtaining a positive result from the home game against high-flying capital rivals Tottenham, who head to east London on Friday for a derby clash in the Premier League.
The Hammers then go on the road face Liverpool and away at Burnley to end their fixtures and it is said that co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold will decide if a change is in order.