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Hasselbaink delivers verdict on future of senior West Ham man

By Will Butcher

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is adamant that West Ham must keep Slaven Bilic in the managerial hotseat despite a disappointing season at the London Stadium.

The Hammers suffered their 17th league defeat of the season on Sunday as Liverpool ran riot in Stratford, winning 4-0 against a powerless West Ham side.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday (10am), former Premier League striker Hasselbaink called on the Hammers to keep under-fire boss Bilic.

Hasselbaink believes it was always going to be difficult for the Hammers to replicate their successes of 2015-16, but with Bilic at the helm West Ham must build in the summer.

“They have to regroup and they have to plan,” Hasselbaink said. “It was always going to be a difficult season leaving their old stadium and going into this big new stadium, and we have spoken about Tottenham doing it for next year; it is a problem.

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“Next year they have to build and now they have that experience – and keep Slaven.”

Sky Sports claim Bilic’s future will be up for review at the end of the season, as the east London outfit currently sit five places behind last season’s seventh-place finish.

However, the former Besiktas boss has had to tend with a whole host of injuries to his first-team stars, a move to the London Stadium from Upton Park, and the sale of Dimitri Payet.

The Hammers were tore apart by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, with goals coming from Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and a brace from Daniel Sturridge.

Bilic takes to the dugout for what could be his last game in charge of West Ham against Burnley on Sunday, but even three points will not be enough to take them into the top half of the table.

In other West Ham news, Jermaine Jenas has blasted the Hammers’ recruitment following their loss to Liverpool.

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