Stoke City Have Never Had It So Good, But Bilic Had To Go

Super Slaven Bilic is the latest manager to fail the impossible task of balancing a boardroom of chaos, delusions of grandeur over the West Ham way and awful recruitment policy.

But the truth is, despite all of the above working against the Croatian, the former West Ham centre-back was performing abysmally in his role as Hammers manager.

Bilic’s now-former side are currently third from bottom, and based on the CLICKON algorithm of expected results versus actual results, the Hammers results made them the 18th worst-performing side in top flight of English football – the 3-0 away defeat against Newcastle United and the pathetic 3-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the London Stadium, were particularly damaging to West Ham’s position in the table after 11 games.

With Bilic now gone, and David Moyes being given another job based on the fact he’s a white, British male aged between 50-70, the managerial merry-go-round will turn its attention to the next man to lose his job in a Premier League dugout.

The pressure is on Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion, and much like the situation at West Ham, the manager who decided to field eight defenders/defensive-midfielders in his starting XI against Huddersfield, should be worried for his job, with the Baggies currently the 16th worst-performing side in the Premier League based upon expected results.

Also in the crosshairs of a managerial sacking are Eddie Howe of Bournemouth and Mark Hughes of Stoke City, with social media telling you that the Cherries shouldn’t be just one place above the drop zone, whilst the Potters are embarrassing themselves by being just four points away from the relegation places.

But that’s just not fair, when you take into consideration the opponents each side have faced so far; Howe is currently the 10th best manager in the Premier League, and if you were to offer Bournemouth a place just inside the the top half at the beginning of the season, all involved with the club would’ve snapped your hands off.

And how about a Europa League spot for next season, Stoke fans? Sounds like dreamland doesn’t it?! Well, after surprising the footballing world by making the early kick-off against Leicester City on Saturday, entertaining, Hughes’ side are currently the sixth best-performing side – and with Swansea, Brighton and Crystal Palace three of their next four opponents in the league, you’d back the Potters to get themselves back into the top half of the Premier League, pretty sharpish.

The fear of relegation is, quite rightly, huge for clubs – just ask Portsmouth – but it continually feels like the powers that be rarely take logic and levels of expectation into their decision-making – ultimately, losing 4-1 to Liverpool was a widely expected result for everyone outside of West Ham, so why did Bilic lose his job after that?