Talks scheduled: West Ham make emphatic decision on senior man - report
By Matt Farr
West Ham will not hand under-fire manager Slaven Bilic a new contract this summer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the West Ham board are not happy after a miserable campaign and although they’re planning an end-of-season review with Bilic, this will not lead to a new offer.
Bilic led the east London club to a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season, earning qualification for the Europa League.
But Bilic’s side have struggled to build on their success from last season, with West Ham yet to move any higher than ninth in the league during the current campaign.
They currently sit 12th in the table with eight games remaining, but a miserable run of form that has seen them winless in five league games has seen the pressure grow on Bilic’s position.
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He will have just one year left to run on his current deal at the end of the season, but it is understood that West Ham are reluctant to offer him an extension in the summer.
However, it is believed that West Ham are not looking to sack Bilic, and instead could wait until January before offering him a fresh deal, as long as results improve next season.
The board believe that the club’s move to a new stadium at the start of the season, as well as a spate of injury problems are at fault for their dire form, and not Bilic.
It had earlier been reported that West Ham were nearing the end of their tether with the Croatian, after co-chairman David Sullivan moved to publicly apologise to fans for the 3-2 defeat to Leicester earlier this month.
West Ham are now seeking to make amends for their capitulation with a win over relegation-threatened Hull on Saturday.
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