In the last opinion piece I wrote, I talked about Slaven Bilic and how the Brighton and Hove defeat has rocked us all. However, it appears the team are genuinely worried as well. According to reports from the Daily Mail, West Ham United players have held talks at Rush Green to try sort out this mess.
It’s understood club captain Mark Noble had his say in the dressing room after the match as the unused substitute was angry with the lack of explanation. It’s also reported club icon James Collins also had his say afterwards as well.
Truthfully, the club is in a mess. We’re at risk of losing the manager. But he’s not the only problem at the club. Look at the players for a moment. We were all delighted when Javier Hernandez came to West Ham. We were also stoked when former Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic made the switch from the Red and White to the Claret and Blue.
While both of these signings went down well, we’ve noticed Chicharito hasn’t been picking up the goals and has grown frustrated with his constant substitutions off for fresher legs. Marko Arnautovic’s red card against Southampton forced him to miss three games, however he’s not found his form yet either, and as a West Ham fan, I’m genuinely concerned at the lack of performances by our squad.
We also have a vice-chairman who is more interested in watching League rivals Tottenham Hotspur win the Premier League as well. Now, forgive me if I’m wrong, but if you support a club, and you say you want your rivals to win the Premier League, shouldn’t that raise some questions about the loyalties?
While we talk of Slaven Bilic on the brink of sacking, we must also look at the players. One player in question has come out and apologized to West Ham fans for the performance against Brighton. Center-Back Jose Fonte was upset with the win and said “We are all disappointed, we are all frustrated, and we apologize.”
Yes, there was no need to play like a League One side. There was no need for us to be beaten 3-0 by Brighton and Hove, but it’s happened. And we have learned a lot from that. But, what we need to do is focus on the (potentially last) two games with Slaven Bilic at the helm. Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with West Ham at Wembley in the Carabao Cup is sure to be a delicious affair, and will have a great atmosphere about it.
Following that, we take a short trip down to Selhurst Park where we play Crystal Palace this Saturday which is always a good event. Should Slaven lose to both Tottenham and Crystal Palace, then his time at West Ham United will be over... Or so we expect anyway.
While we face troubled waters at the moment, we must remain hopeful for a positive outcome. At this present point, no one has been lined up to take over, following Slaven Bilic, however the media does continue to link us with managers such as Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini, Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe and Sam Allardyce to name a few.
There will be a time where we can celebrate, but for now, I don’t see much more positive things on the horizon. But as we sing every week;
“Fortunes always hiding; I’ve looked everywhere.”
“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles; Pretty bubbles in the air...”