Comparison Stats- Marko Arnautovic under Moyes vs Arnautovic under Bilic

Marko Arnautovic has been a changed man since David Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium, and the Austrian continued his fine form with a goal and assists for Manuel Lanzini in West Ham’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield. Arnautovic’s performance in that game prompted Football.London to give him a 10/10 rating– the first one they’ve given to any West Ham player in the current campaign.

Under Slaven Bilic, Arnautovic looked like an early candidate for “Flop signing of the summer”, and this infographic shows the dramatic change in the performances of him and Manuel Lanzini since Moyes arrived. He even earned a nomination for the December player of the month (the award eventually went to Harry Kane)

While we’ve known that the duo have improved, to see it in terms of numbers is quite an eye-opener, literally speaking.

Can a change of manager influence things that much? Looking at these stats, definitely yes! [Read more…]

Moyes confirmed as new West Ham manager- What does the future hold for Chicharito and co?

West Ham have officially confirmed that David Moyes will take over from Slaven Bilic till the end of the season. The Scottish gaffer has been given a six month contract at the London Stadium.

It’s obvious that many West Ham fans won’t take well to this news, and you can’t blame them- Moyes’ last managerial assignment at Sunderland saw the Black Cats drop down to the Championship, and he’s effectively been hired by Messrs Sullivan and Gold to prevent that precise thing from happening.

After finishing 10th under Steve Bruce in the 2010-11 season, Sunderland had always flirted with relegation- the likes of Di Canio, Poyet, Allardyce and Advocaat all managed to keep them up before they finally went down under Moyes in 2016/17. Under him, they averaged 0.63 league points per game in 2016/17- Bilic was at 0.82 this season before being shown the door. [Read more…]

Thanks for the memories Slav!

West Ham have officially confirmed today (November 6, 2017) that they have parted company with manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers have endured a tough start to the season and despite Gold and Sullivan previously saying that they would let the 49 year old manage till the end of his contract (the end of the 17/18 season), the 4-1 loss to Liverpool that saw the Hammers drop into the relegation zone was one defeat too many for the board.

Bilic is the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season after Frank de Boer, Craig Shakespeare and Ronald Koeman.

Thanks for the memories Slav. You were dignified, passionate, honest and grace personified. None of us will not forget that 2015/16 season- the last one at the Boleyn that saw West Ham beat the likes of Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs and Everton.

Bilic’s points per game record of 1.33 is the best of any permanent West Ham manager in the modern Premier League era. In the 87 games he managed, West Ham won 30, lost 31 and drew 26.

That final game at the Boleyn- to come from behind to beat Man Utd, was absolute magic.

A pity it didn’t all work out well- a mixture of some questionable tactics, transfers and board issues, but we’ll always remember you fondly. [Read more…]

Sullivan- Bilic turned down chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak

In a startling revelation, West Ham owner David Sullivan has revealed that manager Slaven Bilic turned down the option to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak at the end of the recently concluded summer transfer window.

Sanches was eventually loaned to Swansea (Swans boss Paul Clement was Carlo Ancelotti’s No.2 for several years) while Krychowiak signed for West Bromwich Albion, both clubs the Hammers would expect to finish above this season. However West Ham’s own pursuit of William Carvalho went awry, with Sporting director also calling Sullivan a liar on Facebook.

However Sullivan has said Bilic’s top four transfer targets were all achieved by the owners (Hart, Zabaleta, Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez) [Read more…]

Slaven Bilic post-match interview after Arsenal- Team lacks intensity even in training

Has Slaven lost the dressing room? Is he not pushing the players hard enough? Or are the players no longer willing to work hard for him?

Judging by his post-match interview after the 5-1 loss to Arsenal, it looks like the latter, with the Croat bemoaning the “lack of intensity” even in training.

Slav looks like a man who knows the axe is coming. Bit sad to watch this interview, but it’s an illuminating one all the same. Mirrors the comments Enner Valencia made after joining Everton, saying that West Ham didn’t train as hard as the Toffees.

Is this a last ditch gamble to rally the players up by publicly criticising them for their lack of intensity? [Read more…]

Super Slav sends thank you note to Karren Brady for transfer signings!

Karren Brady has revealed in her column in the Sun that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic sent her a thank you note after the club completed four new signings on transfer deadline day.

Bilic was delighted with the acquisitions of Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic (permanent) and that of Alex Song and Victor Moses (loan) and sent Brady a note saying, “Good job Karren. We’ve done well. Thanks!”

Brady went on to add that it was the “first time in 25 years a manager has done that”

Super Slav is certainly a PR guy’s dream! [Read more…]