It's always been said that Slaven Bilic maintained the backing of the West Ham players and today, that looked true in one respect. With Bilic long-since cast as a Dead Man Walking, his players shambled around like zombies in a 4-1 hammering against Liverpool, captained by Simon MignoletOfAllPeople.
Even the greatest period in this game was beset by farce: having halved the deficit through an impudent Lanzini finish, they conceded from the next play. Bilic spoke after the game with the hollow, philosophical tones of a man who knows there's a target on his back. " I definitely don’t feel a broken man. I’m very, very strong. On the other hand the situation for West Ham is not very good. But the club is about every individual and that includes me".
Reports tonight suggest that Bilic is on the verge of getting the sack, and that the club have lined up a replacement in the form of a man who relishes a relegation battle unlike any other: David Moyes.
Moyes has been linked with a return to Everton, although today admitted that while he would welcome a return, he has another couple of plates spinning too. He was today's guest on Keysie & Gray's 'Look At These Bloody Foreigners Taking The Jobs Of Decent British Managers' on what is increasingly the last bastion of old-school British values: Bein Sports. (Where Keysie & Gray have presumably taken the jobs of a couple of Qatari TV presenters).
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One of those alternative offers for Moyes appears to be the West Ham gig. Multiple reports tonight claim that he is the preferred candidate to succeed Bilic, should the Croat be fired.
Among those reporting the news are The Telegraph, who claim that, while the West Ham co-owners are loathe to fire a manager mid-season, the reality that Moyes is unemployed, and would therefore not necessitate any compensation fee, is attractive to them.
After tonight's defeat, betting markets surged with money place on Moyes to be the club's next manager.