By James Kinsella

A little over 10 weeks ago the England job was up for grabs and not too many Three Lions fans would have been upset if the job had gone to Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian had led West Ham to their highest points total in Premier League history, entertained the crowds on pitchside and in post-match interviews then charmed the nation as a pundit on ITV during the Euros.

Fast forward 10 weeks and the England job is, rather embarrassingly, available again but not too many have mentioned Bilic for the job this time.

West Ham have suffered a miserable start to the season and sit in the relegation zone after amassing just four points from 21 available, Bilic’s contract talks have been put on hold and some would even suggest he is fighting to save his job.

So, what has gone wrong?

Bilic was certainly frustrated in the transfer market where it was no secret that they coveted a goalscorer and the Hammers were linked with many but failed to do any business until late in the window when they signed Simone Zaza.

With Andy Carroll out injured and the Italian yet to get off the mark for his new club, goals have been a bit of an issue.

Only Michail Antonio is regularly finding the net with five goals out of the eight West Ham have bagged, with the winger pushed up front against Middlesbrough yesterday.

The real problem though is at the back; West Ham have shipped 15 goals in the last five matches and have some injury concerns in the area, particularly at left-back.

Middlesbrough at home is a game the Hammers would have expected to have won but it took a bit of individual genius from Dimitri Payet to avoid another defeat.

Bilic then is no longer the flavour of the month but surely he and his side will bounce back given time.

West Ham are not relegation candidates so he should be afforded patience, he will again be a national treasure.


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