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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bilic: My time is running out as Hammers boss

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. Photo: Reuters
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. Photo: Reuters

Slaven Bilic claims pressure brings out the best in him but admits West Ham's owners have told him time is running out for the team to recover form. 

Bilic has come under heavy scrutiny following his side's poor start to the season, which worsened with a 3-0 defeat at home to newly-promoted Brighton on Friday.

"You ask me about Koeman, there are always three, four, five managers in those positions and I'm definitely one of them," Bilic said.

"Does it make me lose my focus? No, it gives you even more. I never gave up in my career, no matter in which way of life, as a parent, as a friend, as a manager.

"That's my biggest strength, to be strong in hard times. Now I'm having a hard time, yes I am. That doesn't scare me."

West Ham face in-form Tottenham at Wembley in the League Cup tonight before a crunch match away to fellow strugglers Palace this weekend.

Bilic spoke with the club's co-owner David Sullivan after their latest set-back against Brighton and he accepts results must improve.

"As always he's been very supportive," Bilic said. "He's been backing the team, backing me, but of course we were talking about situations."

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