Julian Dicks makes admission on West Ham training methods that will shock fans

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during training

It has been a turbulent season for West Ham United and speculation has been rife over Slaven Bilic's future.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicHeadache: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have been in freefall and found themselves perilously close to the danger zone after five defeats on the bounce.

Indeed it was seven games since the Hammers last tasted victory until they beat Swansea City 1-0 on Saturday.

The East Londoners still have some work to do to secure safety in what has been a hugely disappointing season compared to the record-breaking campaign the club enjoyed last term.

As a result of West Ham's poor form of late Bilic's future has been the subject of intense media speculation with the likes of Jaap Stam, Roberto Mancini, Rafa Benitez and this week Slavisa Jokanovic tipped to replace him in various reports.

Indeed Reading boss Stam caused a stir recently when he appeared to question the quality and intensity of West Ham's training after taking young star Reece Oxford on loan, as reported by the likes of Football.London.

Then this week Hammers flop Simone Zaza, now with Valencia, blamed the training at his old club for his failure to make a success of his time in East London in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, as reported by Sports Witness

It is hard to argue the case for Bilic and his staff when defensively the Hammers have been a shambles this season.

Reading manager Jaap StamReading manager Jaap Stam

Only three clubs have conceded more goals than the 57 shipped by West Ham this season, and the club has even let in more than two of the bottom three teams in the Premier League.

Speculation has been rife that should Bilic be retained this summer, co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will demand a shake-up of the backroom staff at the club, as reported by The Daily Mail.

So West Ham fans were understandably shocked when coach and legendary West Ham defender Julian Dicks revealed on talkSPORT he does not do defensive coaching... but shooting instead.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during trainingSlaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks during training

"One, I don’t do defensive coaching, I am responsible for shooting drills and crossing drills so for me we can’t keep on conceding goals from set plays," Dicks told talkSPORT.

“Listen, I have been in this many times with West Ham and it takes guts to get us out of this. Listen I will do everything I can, so does the manager, so does the other coaches.

"When the players go out there it’s up to them and as I have said I have been in this many times as a player, as a player you can do something about it, as a coach as soon as they cross that line it is down to them.”

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