George Graham suggests question mark is hanging over Bilic at West Ham

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Former Arsenal and Spurs boss George Graham has suggested that West Ham have taken a risk over Slaven Bilic.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham manager George Graham told talkSPORT he feels there is still a question mark over the manager at West Ham, despite the appointment of Slaven Bilic.

Bilic would appear to be a very sensible appointment by the West Ham board, as they look to move forward under the guidance of an experienced ex-player, who has always been popular with the club’s fans.

However, Graham still feels it’s a risk because of the reliability that old boss Sam Allardyce represented in terms of the side staying in the Premier League.

“I think so (Bilic a gamble) – Whatever any one says, Sam was solid – Teams like West Ham must stay in the Premier League now,” he told talkSPORT.

“It’s a big move to get rid of Sam and get this new guy in and I think he’s got a lack of Premier League experience – Whether it will work out, there’s a question mark over that one for me.”

Why is Premier League survival and status so important?

There is a £5 billion TV deal just around the corner, detailed by the Daily Mirror, which is the biggest since the division was established and the Hammers need to be part of that.

It’s also a platform, which will allow the club’s support base to boom as the Hammers prepare for life in the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.

West Ham will be in a much better position to cash in on the increased capacity of the Olympic Stadium after the coming season, if they are a Premier League club.

It’s also a platform, which Bilic would argue helps West Ham’s players to improve their quality because it exposes them to a very high level of competition, which can’t be replicated outside of the top flight.

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