Slaven Bilic’s future at West Ham is already under intense pressure after a nightmare start to the season that leaves his side rock bottom of the Premier League.
The Hammers are yet to pick up a point after defeats at Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United, and have conceded ten times, scoring just twice.
‘Big Sam’ spent four years in the Upton Park dugout, during which time he won promotion and re-established the team in the Premier League, before leaving in 2015.
Writing for PaddyPower, he claimed that there is “extreme pressure” on managers already – especially in Bilic’s case because West Ham is an “established Premier League club”.
He said: “Obviously, it’s been a difficult start to the season for the Hammers.
“Firstly, of course, the results, but also the three away trips in a row due to the legacy of the stadium move. That’s out of Slaven’s hands.
“But he now has to absorb all of the criticism, keep it away from the players, and get them to perform so they can get the required results.”
The former England manager, who was most recently in charge at Crystal Palace, also suggested that the international break could be a blessing for Bilic.
He added: “I don’t know how many problems he has with the players, injuries and suspensions, but the international break has allowed him to take stock of what’s gone wrong so far.
“Though he probably had players flying off here, there and everywhere, he would’ve used it as an opportunity with his staff to go forward and get that win he so needs.”