@_CarltonCole9’s thoughts on Slaven Bilic
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 21 October 2017 at 12:22pm
Written by @_CarltonCole9’s thoughts on Slaven Bilic
If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know how much I love Slaven Bilic. I have defended him throughout; regardless of how poor we’ve been I have tweeted my praise for him and got a ton of abuse for being naive, deluded and pretty much any synonym you can imagine. I have called people who want him gone stupid and fickle. I have a massive scarf I got in Camden Market saying Super Slav up in my bedroom. I do love him which is why writing this is so hard so I’m just gonna come out and say it: For the sake of West Ham United, Slaven Bilic needs to go.
He is still a good manager regardless of what people say. Maybe this is me clinging on to the fact I do love him. Kinda like when your partner leaves you and you hate them but you have that ounce of love for them. But the Brighton game has pushed me too far. It was indefensible.
I have no idea what formation we were playing. Lanzini was acting as a holding midfielder. Kouyate was wandering up front despite the fact he has the shooting ability of a 4 year old American who has stolen their grandmother’s handgun from her handbag. But what baffles me the most is the fact we kept crossing in for Hernandez and Ayew to score headers despite the fact they’re about 10 inches smaller than Brighton’s centre backs.
However, the tip of the iceberg for me is the general attitude of the players. They’re not playing for him. They’re not playing for the club. I don’t know what they’re doing and they should be ashamed of themselves but it seems like Bilic has hit the point of no return with them. He’s fighting a lost cause. Unless he does something drastic then this is gonna drag on until the end of the season when his contract is up. The issue is I fear he doesn’t have it in him anymore.
I strongly disagree with people who say Bilic is a bad manager. He got us our highest ever points tally – if you say that was Payet, remember who got the best out of him – and with all the nonsense that happened last season we still got a respectable 11th. But this season has been dire. Even the wins have been dreadful. I’ve kid myself by saying a win’s a win and that Slaven got us the win (subs against Swansea) but the truth is, they were poor and we were lucky. But losing 3-0 to 2 promoted sides, one at home, is unacceptable for a club who want to fight for Europa.
This season hasn’t just been Bilic’s fault. It’s been the player’s fault as well. I can’t think of one player who’s consistently been good. Zabaleta, who’s probably been our best player this season, has given away 2 penalties. Hernandez isn’t getting the service but on the rare occasion he does, he’s not doing anything. So far, Arnautovic has been a disaster, as have every one of our central midfielders. As I said, they may not be playing for Bilic but they could at least play for the shirt.
I have supported West Ham since Pardew. I’m aware many of you have been supporting us for longer, but Slaven Bilic is my favourite West Ham manager. I love the person and I did love the manager. But as long as he stays at West Ham, his reputation will continue to get shredded apart. Thank you for the memories Slaven and know that I do and always will love you. But, similar to Big Sam, you’ve taken us as far as you can and it’s time for you to go.