West Ham insider: Bilic is 'probably gone' if he fails to do this - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham will sack Slaven Bilic if he fails to earn a top-half finish, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Hammers board have begrudgingly changed their target to finishing inside the top 10 after they originally targeted a European spot.
Bilic will want to put an end to a five-game winless streak when his side face a trip to relegation-threatened Hull on Saturday but they still have to deal with tricky fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton before the end of the season.
West Ham are currently 12th in the Premier League standings after three consecutive defeats.
If results were to go against them over the course of the weekend they could find themselves as low as 15th.
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Despite this potential drop down the table, the Irons are level on points with 10th-placed Southampton on 33 points but their dismal goal difference sees them below the Saints and overachieving Bournemouth.
They remain three points behind Stoke, who occupy ninth.
An inside source at the London Stadium told the Sun: “We seriously need a top-ten finish for the manager to be certain of getting his third year. If he doesn’t get that, he’s probably gone.
“There has to be a level of performance over 90 minutes, it’s just not on at the minute and something drastic needs to happen for everyone’s sake.
“We can’t carry on as we have been with six goals conceded in two games against teams from which we honestly expect to get something.”
Bilic, 48, has spent 86 matches in charge of West Ham but names of Championship managers have already been linked with taking over the under-fire Croatian.
Rafa Benitez, Jaap Stam and David Wagner have all been reported to be on the shortlist of the Hammers board.
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