Redknapp: Bilic would have been under pressure if West Ham had lost to Newcastle

Slaven Bilic

The former Tottenham boss believes West Ham boss Bilic could have been under pressure if he lost to Newcastle.

The Hammers defeated Newcastle by a 2-0 scoreline on Monday evening, but Harry Redknapp has suggested to the Standard that Slaven Bilic would have been under pressure if West Ham lost that game.

Redknapp said: “They got smashed up by Leicester and Bournemouth but got two superb results away at Arsenal and Liverpool. Had they lost to Newcastle, Slaven Bilic would have been under pressure but big players make the difference.”

The victory over Newcastle was West Ham’s first home win of the season, and it is true that losing three on the bounce would have raised doubts about his management ability.

However, Bilic has also led his team to away victories over Arsenal and Liverpool, two teams expected to be around the top of the table at the end of the campaign.

They were not just lucky wins either, as the performances put in were of truly top class, and Bilic has proven that he can coax great games out of his players.

Had the Hammers lost to Newcastle, the result would have left them in the lower half of the table, whilst the win moves them up to fifth. Little can be drawn from the league table at this early point of the season, but it is hard to deny that Bilic’s job makes for better reading when sitting in the European qualification places.

Redknapp may be taking his statement too far by suggesting that Bilic would have been under pressure if the Hammers had lost to Newcastle, but it is true that doubts would start to be raised about his management ability if West Ham had lost their third home game of the season on Monday.

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