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Bilic on brink after dire Hammers performance

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — West Ham Manager Slaven Bilic appeared resigned to his fate yesterday following his side's woeful performance in a 0-3 home defeat by Brighton.

Bilic, who just survived a tough period last season, said he assumed full responsibility for the hapless display which had home fans heading for the exits midway through the first half.

“It's very hard for me to say anything clever now. I take full responsibility for it. I don't want to hide,” the 49-year-old Croatian told Sky Sports.

“It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It's their decision.”

Bilic's fate rests with, amongst others, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, who had said before the match the former Croatian national coach would be at the club till the end of the season unless things were judged to be desperate.

A double from Glenn Murray had given Bilic's opposite number Chris Hughton plenty to smile about in his 100th Premier League match as a manager.

“I thought we were outstanding,” Hughton told Sky Sports.

Murray's brace — taking his tally to five in seven meetings with the Hammers — and a delightful effort by Colombian international Jose Izquierdo gave Brighton their first away win of the season and the “Seagulls” first in the top flight since 1983.

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