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Slaven Bilic takes ‘full responsibility’ after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:19 AM    |     Modified: Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:19 AM


West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan reassured Slaven Bilic that his job is safe ahead of West Ham’s damaging home defeat to Brighton.

The Hammers dropped to 17th in the Premier League table after a convincing 3-0 loss the Chris Hughton’s newly-promoted side on Friday evening.

It was their fifth defeat in their opening nine Premier League matches and heaped more pressure on beleaguered boss Bilic as the London Stadium crowd turned on him.

Bilic’s future was the subject of speculation for much of last season as the Hammers struggled to settle in their new home, though they rallied in the final months of the campaign to secure an 11th-placed finish.

The Croatian manager retained the public backing of Sullivan and fellow owner David Gold, although the former publically demanded improvement from West Ham after a loss to Bournemouth in March.

And speaking ahead of Friday’s defeat Sullivan assured the manager he would keep his job for the remainder of this term, though it remains to be seen whether the heavy loss to Brighton has prompted a rethink.

“If you change a manager it can give you two or three more points over a season statistically,” Sullivan told Sky Sports ahead of Friday night’s clash with Brighton. “I believe in morality and what’s right. If you sign a contract you desperately want to honour that contract unless things are desperate.

“I think the manager has a three-year contract and is entitled to these three years. After the season we will sit down and see if he wants to stay on and if we want him to stay on. That’s a long way off.

“He is entitled to three years. He didn’t sign a two-year contract or a one-year contract.”

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