Slaven Bilic reveals pressure building at West Ham ahead of critical Sunderland clash
By Danny Wright
Slaven Bilic has said that he has been taking his anger out on furniture as pressure surrounding his job at West Ham has intensified.
The Hammers went on a run of seven games without a victory before last week’s 1-0 win against Swansea but, according to the Sun, a top-half Premier League finish is still required for him to keep his job at the London Stadium.
Bilic could be thought to be a victim of his own success as the ex-Croatian national boss led West Ham to the Europa League by finishing seventh in the league last season.
They have failed to follow that up in this campaign though as fears of relegation began to creep into the West Ham camp.
It’s been a tough season, plagued by injuries, the loss of star Dimitri Payet, and a far-from-smooth move to the new London Stadium.
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“How many tables have I got through this season? Well, put it this way, it looks like I’ll have to go to IKEA,” said Bilic, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“Everything I do, whether before a game or half time, I do it deliberately. Even if I want to smash a table I do it with a plan.
“Sometimes my team talks are calm, sometimes they are less calm. But that’s the way I do it.
“Have I ever thrown a table around at half time? I’ve had my moments, yes.”
The Croat wears his heart on his sleeve, as shown in an epic touchline rant when his side drew 2-2 with West Brom in February – which coincidentally began the seven game winless streak.
He was fined £8,000 for throwing a TV microphone into the ground when Albion bagged a last minute equaliser before furiously remonstrating with officials.
More headaches could appear soon off the pitch though as, according to the Mirror, a number of players are starting to feel aggrieved by their low weekly salary, dividing the dressing room.
Bilic’s mood will definitely be soothed if he sees his side pick up a win against relegation-threatened Sunderland on Saturday.
The Hammers could move into the top half if results go their way but there are just three points separating tenth-placed Watford with Crystal Palace in 16th.
West Ham are currently 14th in the Premier League with 36 points.
In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has sent a Twitter message to the fans after suffering a major injury set-back.