West Ham boss Slaven Bilic given two games to save job
By Kaveh Solhekol
Last Updated: 22/10/17 9:01pm
West Ham owners have decided Slaven Bilic will remain as manager - for the time being, according to Sky sources.
It is understood Bilic is being given the next two games to save his job - at Spurs in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Croatian's job is on the line following the 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Friday.
Despite extensive investment in new players in the summer with the arrival of striker Javier Hernandez and goalkeeper Joe Hart, the club have won only two of nine league games this season and have slipped to 16th in the table.
Sky Sports News reported that the club board were meeting on Saturday to discuss Bilic's future.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have a track record of standing by their managers, but it is understood that the club's hierarchy were "very worried" by what they saw during Friday's heavy loss at the London Stadium.
Two goals from Glenn Murray and a Jose Izquierdo strike condemned the Hammers to their worst start to a season since 2010, taking just eight points from nine games.
Bilic's contract runs out at the end of the season, and Sullivan backed the Croatian ahead of Friday night's game admitting he felt it was "morally wrong" to sack managers and said he wants to give him opportunity to see out his three-year contract.
Speaking after Friday's defeat, Bilic said: "It is very hard for me to say anything clever in this moment apart from it's very disappointing. As manager I take full responsibility."
Asked if he was confident he will be given the opportunity to turn West Ham's form around, he added: "The board will do what they are going to do.
"It is their decision. We have been in this situation before and we got out. As a manager you take the credit and as a manager you take the full responsibility. I don't want to hide. I'm not worried [about the sack]. I'm doing my best."
Bilic was appointed at West Ham in June 2015 when he replaced Sam Allardyce, who left by mutual consent.