On Tuesday morning, the Mirror reported that West Ham’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, were considering the replacement of manager Slaven Bilic. Despite being against midseason manager moves, the owners are “eyeing up replacements” due to Bilic’s contract finishing at the end of the season. Despite the earlier report from the Mirror, talkSPORT has rubbished those reports just hours after they were released on Tuesday.
West Ham have started the season with losses to both Manchester United and Southampton. The team have given up seven goals in two games despite adding Joe Hart in goal this term. The club’s heavy investment in talent has led many to believe the Hammers have a chance at Europa League qualification. However, the difficult start to the campaign has led some to dial back their previous projections.
The Mirror reports Bilic could be sacked if he cannot turn things around quickly. West Ham face Newcastle and Huddersfield in their next two fixtures and poor results could see him to the exit. Both Newcastle and Huddersfield are expected to fight relegation this season, although Huddersfield have won their opening two fixtures.
TalkSPORTS’ sources indicated that any reports on Bilic being sacked, or the considering of him being replaced, are rubbish.
After two weeks of the English Premier League season, bookmakers have installed Crystal Palace’s Frank de Boer as the leading candidate to be sacked first. His Eagles have started the campaign with two consecutive losses. Sky Bet has listed De Boer as 2/1 to go. Slaven Bilic is currently listed at 7/2 to be sacked first this Premier League season.