Paul Konchesky questions Slaven Bilic's trust in West Ham players

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic gestures

The West Ham United boss has struggled to find the magic touch of late.

West Ham's Paul Konchesky during an interviewPaul Konchesky 

Former Hammers star Paul Konchesky sat down for an exclusive interview with popular sports betting company 888sport, and offered his full backing for under-fire manager Slaven Bilic, urging the West Ham hierarchy to stick by the Croatian.

The East Londoners began their 2016/17 campaign in dire fashion, and were deeply entrenched in a relegation battle right up until the Christmas period, before stringing together a run of five wins and two draws in seven games.

But things have once again taken a turn for the worst for Bilic's troops, after a barren run that has seen them draw two and lose three of their previous five outings, and they find themselves languishing in 12th position in the Premier League table, just nine points clear of 18th placed Hull City.

But Konchesky, who spent two years with the Hammers, backed Bilic to guide his side away from trouble, during an interview with 888sport:

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic during the matchWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic 

"I’d stick by Bilic. For me he is the best man for West Ham. He is us. Yes he has played players out of position and surely there must be enough players in that squad who can fill them but maybe he doesn’t trust them or they’re not good enough? So they need to rebuild the team but stick by him because he’s got good people around him. Get this season out of the way and if they can finish in the top half that would be a success for now.”

Next up for the Hammers is a trip to Humberside to take on Marco Silva's Hull City, when the Premier League returns to action after the two week international break, and three points will be an absolute must if the pressure is to be lifted from Bilic's shoulders.

Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Konchesky, including his thoughts on how Ranieri would still be in a job, had Leicester not won the league last season.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic gesturesWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic 

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