Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bilic: Speculation about My Future Does Not Worry Me

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bilic: Speculation about My Future Does Not Worry Me

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent

UNDER-PRESSURE West Ham manager Slaven Bilic today insisted he is not worried about his future at the club.

Bilic's position has come under increased scrutiny with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold concerned about poor results.

The Hammers have lost their past three games and Sullivan has said the next three matches are "vital". While there is little appetite from within the club for a managerial change, Bilic is fighting for his future.

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, Huddersfield manager David Wagner and Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez have all been linked with the West Ham job and the public admission from Sullivan has increased the pressure on Bilic ahead of a crucial game at Hull City on Saturday.

But the Croatian said today: "My head is clear and I am totally motivated and focused.

"That [speculation] does not worry me. I am not reading it or making phone calls or whatever.

"Nothing has changed in the past few days. What do you want me to say? I made my comments about it. There is nothing new I can say about it. I just concentrate on my job. I am totally focused on the next game.

"I was saying the same when, for example, earlier in the season we were talking about a new contract. I was not bothered then, when it was positive. Now after three defeats there is speculation. I am not bothered about this. I have a game on Saturday.

"We are in a position where we can have a good finish to the season. We have a lot of games to play and there is a lot to play for."

Bilic (left) will have his position assessed at the end of the season as part of the club's annual review and West Ham could delay offering him a new contract until the middle of next season following the dip in form.

Sullivan apologised to the fans after the 3-2 home defeat by Leicester a fortnight ago and described the next three matches, at Hull, Arsenal and at home to Swansea, as "vital". …

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