Karren Brady: These are three qualities that make West Ham senior man special

By Harry Sykes

Karren Brady has backed Slaven Bilic to turn around West Ham’s season after a string of wretched results left the team facing a relegation battle.

The Hammers are in the bottom three of the table heading into Sunday’s Premier League encounter against third-placed Liverpool at Anfield.

Managing director Brady says she is a big admirer of Croatian Bilic, who is under growing pressure despite guiding the east London club to seventh in his first season in charge.

The West Ham chief revealed she had tea with the first team manager at the House of Lords on Wednesday and was impressed with his plan to reverse the team’s decline.

The pair also discussed the January transfer window in a clear indication that Bilic’s job is not under immediate threat as Brady explained the three qualities that make the former defender special.

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“Slaven and I have tea at the House of Lords,” Brady wrote about Wednesday in her weekly diary for the Sun. “For a catch up.

“Three things he is — decent, passionate, determined. When he says results will turn round, I 100 per cent believe him. We talk January window and leave feeling optimistic.”

Bilic’s future is unlikely to be decided by Sunday’s clash at Anfield, given that Liverpool are third in the table and flying high despite last weekend’s calamitous 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.

Following the Liverpool fixture, West Ham have four consecutive matches against sides in the bottom half of the table, home matches against Burnley and Hull followed by trips to Swansea and Leicester.

In other West Ham news, the club’s deal for a new signing in January has edged closer and is now likely to happen.