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Thursday 21 September 2017

Bilic: Next few games a big test

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has said the upcoming Premier League fixtures will be his "test" and has admitted the club face a nail-biting struggle to climb away from the relegation zone.

Bilic's comments come two days after co-owner David Sullivan offered his public backing and called for a show of unity at the club.

West Ham, who are one place and one point above from the bottom three, face high-flying Liverpool on Sunday, followed by games against fellow strugglers Burnley, Hull City, Swansea City and Leicester City.

"We are in a position we are not happy with and where we have to bite our nails," Bilic said. "I feel the support of the fans, the team and the board. My next few games are my test.

"We are not directly talking about relegation but straight after your game you have to look at the results here and the results there. It's not ideal."

West Ham have gone five league games without a win.

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