Terrible run: West Ham 27-year-old delivers verdict on Slaven Bilic future
By Danny Wright
Aaron Cresswell has jumped to the defence of Slaven Bilic in the wake of increasing pressure on the West Ham manager.
The 27-year-old has revealed that the Hammers players are all behind Bilic despite a terrible run that has seen them fail to win in their last five league outings.
West Ham have lost their last three matches including a shocking 3-2 loss at home to Leicester just before the international break started.
According to the Mirror, the Hammers board are already looking to replace Bilic in the London Stadium hot seat and currently have Reading boss Jaap Stam at the top of their shortlist to be the Croat’s successor.
Cresswell has responded to these reports by making a public statement about how much Bilic means to the current playing squad.
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“I can’t speak highly enough of the gaffer, he has been fantastic with me and you ask any of the players and they will say exactly the same,” said Cresswell to Sky Sports.
“We are fully behind him and supportive of him and hopefully we can turn it around and take that pressure off him.
“He is positive and passionate about his job, he is bubbly around the place, he wants to stay in a positive mood, and as players that is what we want.”
The left-back has made 23 appearances for the Irons in all competition this season but has failed to make the same impact he did last season.
West Ham are also struggling in their bid to achieve a top-half finish this season in their debut campaign at the London Stadium.
They sit in 12th place in the Premier League standings and could slip as low as 15th if results were to go against them this weekend.
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