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Grady Diangana splurge could be Slaven Bilic's undoing at West Brom as sack talk heightens but Trevor Sinclair offers backing
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Grady Diangana splurge could be Slaven Bilic's undoing at West Brom as sack talk heightens but Trevor Sinclair offers backing

Speculation is mounting that former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic could face the sack at West Brom.

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And the ex Hammers boss’s big money summer signing of Grady Diangana could be his undoing.

West Brom paid West Ham £20million for Diangana in the summer.

It was a move which sparked a furious reaction from West Ham fans who were excited to see how he fared in the Premier League after a successful loan spell in the Championship with the Baggies.

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But seven games into the season Diangana is struggling to perform and West Brom are in the bottom three without a win to their name.

Meanwhile West Ham have signed the exciting Said Benrahma and have negotiated one of the toughest set of opening fixtures in Premier League history in some style.

Diangana was West Brom’s big signing of the summer. But question marks have been raised over his ability to deliver consistently at the top level.

They are the same doubts which were raised when Diangana’s meteoric rise to the West Ham first team under Manuel Pellegrini turned flat.

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Sack talk heightens for ex Hammers boss

Now Bilic is under intense pressure. Strained relationships between the head coach and the board, coupled with poor form on the pitch, particularly from his summer signings have cast Bilic’s future at the club into doubt (Birmingham Mail).

Pundit Simon Jordan also questioned whether the players signed by the former West Ham manager were good enough to keep West Brom up.

No West Ham fan will take any pleasure seeing either Diangana or Bilic struggle.

Hammers supporters still have fond memories of the amazing Farewell Boleyn season under ‘Super Slav’.

The Croatian led West Ham to within four points of the Champions League places. The east Londoners also recorded their highest ever Premier League points total and a first top flight positive goal difference since 1986.

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Tricky Trev backs fellow former Hammer

Whatever way you look at it West Ham’s decision to sell Diangana – whether by luck or judgement – is looking shrewder by the week.

And that does not bode well for Bilic.

But he has found an ally in another former Hammer, Trevor Sinclair.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Tricky Trev defended Bilic and says they should back him rather than sack him.

“I just feel the players are possibly not good enough, so what’s the point of sacking Slaven Bilic and bringing in a new manager that has to get to know the players and then give him money to put his stamp on the team,” Sinclair said on talkSPORT.

“I think he’s done well enough to get them promoted in the first place, back your manager.”

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