Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock explained on talkSPORT earlier this week that he feels the honeymoon period related to Slaven Bilic’s appointment as West Ham boss, will end abruptly if he can’t keep up positive results.
The dust has settled on the club’s decision to bring in Bilic as the man who will guide West Ham through their final season at Upton Park and Warnock feels he’s going to be under real pressure to prolong a, hopefully, good start next season.
“That will only go so far (leeway from West Ham fans) because it will only last for as long as he can come up with the goods but it’s interesting because you have to be very careful about what you wish for,” he said.
Is a good start vital for Bilic?
It’s not a vital scenario for Bilic, but it would certainly help.
He needs a good start because of the belief and mentality around the club, more than to improve his own situation.
West Ham were poor over the second half of last season under Sam Allardyce and some good early results will help Bilic get some positivity into his team and the fans.
Does Bilic’s West Ham past really matter?
It helps him because he understands the importance of the relationship between the players and the fans.
However, West Ham fans aren’t naïve. If they don’t like what they see from Bilic in terms of his tactics and the club’s playing style, they’ll let him know about it.
They may be slightly more lenient initially as Bilic settles into the role over the first half of the season but there is a limit.