By Will Butcher
Alan Curbishley believes West Ham’s owners will remain loyal to under-fire boss Slaven Bilic as his future at the club remains in doubt.
Bilic, 48, has seen his Hammers side slip to a lowly 14th place in the Premier League, ending a losing streak of five games on Saturday with a 1-0 win over relegation candidates Swansea.
Speaking on Alan Brazil’s talkSPORT Breakfast Show, former West Ham boss Curbishley claimed Bilic’s recruitment in the summer was “poor” and must be improved this time round.
However, he believes the former Besiktas manager will be given time to prove himself by co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
“I think David Gold and David Sullivan, over the course of time with Birmingham and West Ham have been loyal to their managers,” Curbishley said, as quoted by Brazil’s personal Twitter account.
“I think this season, because of the move and the injuries, I think they’ll say let’s see how he does next year. In the summer, a lot of work will have to be done.
“They’ll look back at the recruitment in the summer, and they’ll think it was poor. They made 10 signings, and perhaps only one or two have really come off. ”
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) April 10, 2017
A whole host of managers have been reportedly linked to replace Bilic, with the likes of Jaap Stam, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Mancini said to be in the hat if the board decide to axe Bilic.
The Telegraph claimed last month that Bilic will not be offered a new deal in the summer, with only one year left on the three year-contract he signed in the summer of 2015.
The Hammers ended their winless run of seven league matches with a narrow win over Swansea at the London Stadium, that saw Cheikhou Kouyate score from long range.
West Ham will be looking to compound Sunderland’s misery next time out, as they travel north to Wearside to face David Moyes’ side at the Stadium of Light.
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