Under-pressure Bilic gets backing of Hammers legend Martin as boss clings perilously to job

West Ham United

Slaven Bilic has been given the backing of West Ham legend Alvin Martin as the Hammers head in to a crucial Premier League clash against Huddersfield at the London Stadium on Monday.

Bilic is clinging perilously on to his job after watching his charges lose the first three opening top flight matches leaving them rock-bottom of the table.

Pundits and supporters have questioned if Bilic, a fans’ favourite as a no-nonsene player, is the right man to lead the club with a suggestion that Roberto Mancini might be the perfect candidate to replace the under-fire coach.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have taken flack, too, from followers over a perceived lack of ambition on the pitch given the largely unremarkable transfer window.

Despite being Premier League new boys, David Wagner’s Huddersfield have shown they are no pushovers and they have enjoyed a bright start to life at the top table.

So Bilic needs all the support he can get, and has found an ally in Martin. The former Boleyn Ground defender took to Twitter in an attempt to rally Hammers fans going into the game against the Terriers, adding he believed the manager could overcome the issues threatening his tenure.

And he said: “Calling West Ham fans, Monday 8pm our season starts, create the atmosphere and then leave it to them, Slaven/team come on let’s do it together. It’s our club no individual will be bigger (Payet) we all want the same! So let’s all pull in same direction, kick arse.

“It’s early to judge (defending), not going to single out individuals not to late to correct and push on, problems can be solved Slaven can sort. I’m not cheerleading just trying to bring perspective to the proceedings, early but not too late? And I feel a bit of ‘come on’.”