Karren Brady turns her fire on West Ham players in massive dig
By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has admitted that Slaven Bilic’s job as West Ham manager is hanging by a thread – less than a week after the club released a statement backing him.
The outspoken Hammers vice-chairman has claimed in her Sun column that the board expect Bilic to turn around the team’s wretched run but warned that “football is totally a results business”.
Brady also had a massive dig at the West Ham players for underperforming and failing to produce the goods this season.
She insisted that the club’s players are too good to be submerged in a relegation battle and dismissed injuries as an excuse for continued poor form.
“I would be lying if I denied there is growing anxiety over West Ham’s slide — it is two months since we won and haven’t scored a point in five matches,” Brady wrote in her Sun diary column on Wednesday.
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“Tonight at the Emirates, we collapse once Arsenal score their first goal. Nobody, including the team and the manager, expected this form this season.
“While we’ve had a stack of injuries, that should not be much of an excuse with the players we have. Our staff have spent a hefty chunk of their lives trying to improve the club for fans.
“We fully support Slaven and expect him to turn it around — but at moments like this we have to understand that football, totally, is a results business.”
West Ham have lost five consecutive matches heading into Saturday’s clash against relegation-threatened Swansea at the London Stadium.
Bilic’s side have dropped to 15th in the table with 33 points from 31 Premier League matches, while Paul Clement’s visitors are in the final relegation place with 28 points.
The gap between the two clubs will be narrowed to just two points if Swansea win on Saturday.