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3rd May, 2017 | 9:23pm

West Ham board make decision over future of senior man - report

By Will Butcher

West Ham are set to keep Slaven Bilic as manager ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, according to a report.

Sources have informed talkSPORT that the Hammers are now planning on keeping the under-fire manager, despite a dismal season in the dugout at the London Stadium.

Sky Sports claimed earlier on Wednesday that the east London outfit were to review Bilic’s position in charge at the end of the season, but the Croat now looks set to remain.

The Hammers have endured a dismal 2016-17 campaign, after finishing seventh the season before and qualifying for the Europa League.

Losing just eight times during 2015-16, Bilic has seen his side knocked out of the Europa League in the qualifying stages and lose double the amount of league games with three to play.

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Bilic, who joined the club in the summer of 2015 from Turkish giants Besiktas, has had to deal with a huge number of injuries, a move in stadium and the loss of star player Dimitri Payet.

The likes of Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll, Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna and other have suffered long-term injuries this season, ruling them out for much of the campaign.

Twin that with a move to a new stadium and losing Payet’s creative flair and attacking precision has seen the Hammers win just four times in 17 league and cup encounters in just 2017.

Bilic has a contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2018, and is now in line to receive a final year to prove he is worthy of a renewal.

The Hammers are next in action against London rivals Tottenham at the London Stadium, as Bilic looks to make it five wins and make his side mathematically safe from the drop.

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