Joey Barton urges West Ham to make emphatic decision on senior man, issues grave warning
By Danny Wright
Former England international Joey Barton has torn apart West Ham for their lack of identity under the charge of Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers have had an awful start the season having lost all three of their opening Premier League fixtures, conceding 10 goals in the process.
A poor season last time out prompted Irons senior man Bilic and the clubs’ owners David Gold and David Sullivan to splash the cash in the summer transfer window to bring in big name players like Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez.
However results haven’t seemed to have improved and calls for West Ham to make an emphatic decision and sack Bilic have become more intense.
Ex-QPR midfielder Barton has now made it clear that he is part of the mob that wants the Croatian manager to be axed from his position at the London Stadium, and has warned that relegation is a major possibility for the Irons.
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“If you’re a West Ham fan, you have to think at some point, no matter how much of a nice guy Bilic seems, you’ve got to get rid of him and you’ve got to bring in somebody who takes the club forward,” said Barton on TalkSport, as shown on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account.
“I just feel West Ham, at this moment in time, lack identity as at team. What is the philosophy of West Ham?
He added: “If they don’t get it sorted pretty soon, you could be in the Championship before you blink.”
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) September 11, 2017
West Ham will look to pick up their first points of the campaign against newly promoted Huddersfield on Monday night, but the Yorkshire side will no doubt be high on confidence after David Wagner picked up the manager of the month award for August.
In other West Ham news, Stan Collymore has also weighed in on the debate surrounding Bilic’s future.