By Will Butcher

Kevin Nolan believes there are multiple factors to blame for West Ham’s failure to replicate the successes of last season – but Bilic isn’t one of them.

West Ham sit in a lowly 15th place and have already lost twice as many league games as they did during the 2015-16 campaign, which saw them finish in seventh and qualify for Europe.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Hammers midfielder Nolan claimed Slaven Bilic is not to blame and he should be allowed to continue in his role as manager at the London Stadium.

Instead, Nolan blamed the change in stadium, the sale of Dimitri Payet and a huge turnover of players that has seen 13 new faces move to east London.

“It does have an affect on you when you change stadiums. Man City were the same,” Nolan said.

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“The lads have had to cope with a lot of off-field problems. They’ve had a big turnover of players and lost Dimitri but they’ll be fine.

“They’ve got more than enough. But to stay in the Premier League they need to earn it, they know what they need to do. Slav will breathe a sigh of relief and then build for next year.”

Following Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal, the Hammers have now suffered five straight defeats and are without a win in seven games.

The Telegraph claim that West Ham’s top-ranking officials will have no choice but to sack Bilic if they suffer a sixth straight defeat to Swansea on Saturday.

Bilic’s side play host to Paul Clement’s resurgent Swans at the London Stadium and will be hoping for a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw the Hammers win 4-1 in Wales.

With just five points separating the Hammers from the drop zone, a first win in eight would prove crucial to Bilic as he looks for his side to finish strongly.

In other West Ham news, Bilic has suffered a blow in his chances of three points after a report detailed the fitness of this 32-year-old striker.

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