Karren Brady delivers two-word answer to West Ham poison-penned pundits
By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has delivered a strong defence of Slaven Bilic by urging his critics to “shut up” and insisting that the manager’s job at West Ham is safe.
The outspoken Hammers vice-chairman explained in her weekly Sun column that the club are planning to keep the Croatian in the dugout.
This comes after reports this week that Bilic will not be offered a contract extension during the summer.
The 48-year-old former manager of the Croatia national team has a deal that runs until June 2018 and West Ham’s seeming reluctance to extend it has led to suggestions of other managers being lined up.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez and Reading’s Jaap Stam are among those who have been linked in recent days with replacing Bilic.
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“I HAVE a two-word answer to people who are listing candidates for Slaven Bilic’s job – shut up,” wrote Brady for her Thursday entry in her weekly Sun diary.
“We like our manager and we rate him, so we are planning to keep him at West Ham. Those poison-penned pundits who say they know, don’t.
“Our board have never been wanton sackers.”
Brady explained that joint-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have a track record of standing by managers, both at West Ham and former club Birmingham.
However, the vice-chairman does admit in her diary that West Ham are shipping too many goals as well as not playing with the flair of last season when Dimtri Payet led them to seventh in the Premier League.
“When we part company with a manager, it is for what we believe are good reasons,” added Brady in the Sun. “Yes, we have had some defensive problems, but I’m sure he’ll deal with those.
“Our move to the London Stadium was always going to be testing for the players.
“And if Slaven is the boss we believe him to be, he’ll soon bring back the exciting style he brought to West Ham when we appointed him at the start of last season.”
West Ham are 12th in the league ahead of their trip to 18th-placed relegation strugglers Hull on Saturday.
In other Aston Villa news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.