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West Ham eye Benitez as possible Bilic replacement

When Bilic put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal with West Ham in June 2015, it appeared to be a match made in heaven.

When asked about the reports of mounting pressure on his position, the 48-year-old said: "It doesn't worry me, I don't read about it, I'm not making phone calls or whatever". But Sakho has displayed a remarkable level of rehabilitation, and is realistically in with a shot to play for the Hammers next Wednesday versus Arsenal, or three days later against Swansea City. There is nothing new I can say about it.

Bilic now has 15 months remaining on his contract at the London Stadium and has come under increasing pressure during recent weeks after the Hammers have failed to win their last five matches and are now on a run of three consecutive defeats. I am totally focused on the next game. He looks good, but now we're going to see him basically in every training and see him train 100 per cent and with the other players treating him as a fit player.

"Even in that good period, when you or whoever were talking about a new contract, I said we were not finished and there were a lot of games to play".

The West Ham hierarchy, particularly co-chairman David Sullivan, vented their frustrations following the 3-2 defeat to Leicester by issuing an apology to fans for the performance. We have a direct line and we talk. "I am focused on the next game", he said. We can climb up a few places if we win games, we can go a few places down if we don't win games.

Midfielder Michail Antonio misses the Hull trip with a hamstring injury but skipper Mark Noble returns.



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