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10th Sep, 2017 | 11:32am

‘Would be a shame’ - Collymore delivers verdict on Bilic position at West Ham

By Derek Smithson

Stan Collymore believes that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is good enough to help the club achieve their long-term ambitions and that it “would be a shame” if he is sacked.

The 48-year-old’s position at the London Stadium has come under question recently and he held talks with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold a couple of weeks ago.

He has remained as Hammers boss for now, but even some fans are beginning to turn on the Croatian.

West Ham have made a poor start to the season and lost their first three consecutive league matches, which included a 3-0 humbling away to Newcastle.

Collymore has claimed he is 50/50 over whether Bilic should remain in his post, but is certain that he could help the club moving forward if he stays.

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“Should Bilic be sacked anytime soon it would be a shame because, with the right owners, he CAN get West Ham to where the fans – and where Sullivan and Gold, to be fair – want the club to be,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror. “I’m kind of 50/50 at the moment.

“I’m prepared to give Sullivan and Gold the benefit of the doubt rather than blaming them for West Ham’s start, and I’m prepared to give Bilic the same. But if this malaise continues into the autumn and winter then, I’m afraid for Bilic, there will only be one loser.”

West Ham moved to their new London Stadium last summer in the hope of competing at the top end of the Premier League and endured a difficult first season.

They want to be fighting for the European places on a regular basis, but the early signs are once again that they are a long way off.

Bilic has taken a lot of the criticism so far this campaign, but will hoping for a lifeline when his side host Huddersfield on Monday night.

In other West Ham news, Danny Gabbidon believes Bilic looks a ‘shadow of his former self’.

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