The Hammers were comfortably beaten at the hands of Newcastle United in their match before the international break – continuing a poor start to the Premier League season with no points from their first three matches.
And, Gabbidon claimed that Bilic had essentially thrown in the towel after the defeat, and was a manager that looked the shadow of his former self whilst he was standing on the touchline at St James’ Park.
He told the West Ham Way: “I look at Slaven at the moment and he looks a shadow of his former self. His body language is that of man who looks tired, who doesn’t have the answers anymore, which is sad to see.
“His personality is his biggest strength but in football management that can also be your biggest weakness.
“From what I hear Slaven had pretty much thrown the towel in with the words he spoke in the dressing room to the players after the Newcastle defeat and this might possibly be just a stay of execution but if I was in his shoes right now I would be thinking, I need to get back to basics meaning laying down the law in the dressing room and getting things right tactically on the pitch, which is what I’m going to move onto next.”
However, Bilic completely disagrees with those claims – and wants to make clear that he has in no way thrown in the towel despite being under early pressure at the start of the season.
Bilic wrote in the London Evening Standard: “I understand that Danny Gabbidon — a former West Ham player — wrote in an article that it looked as though I had “thrown in the towel” after the match two weeks ago.
“I want to reply to that. I told the players afterwards that, yes, this is West Ham and, yes, we will lose games. Not like that, though. It was unacceptable.
“I am not throwing in the towel and neither are the players. We will work hard to put this right — starting on Monday night.”