English Premiership

Hodgson backs under-fire Bilic ahead of EPL clash

2017-10-27 15:05
Roy Hodgson (Getty)

Cape Town - Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson had his say on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and the threat that hangs over him ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Both the Eagles and the Hammers have had a terrible season so far, with Hodgson replacing Frank De Boer early on, and Bilic looking set for the sack with West Ham on the edge of the relegation zone.

"Are you asking me if I understand having two matches to save your job? No, I don't understand it," Hodgson said. "Managers are either good enough to be running their teams or they're not.

"The slings and arrows of fortune that will either see you win the game or lose the game, if it's as simple as the fact that one's competence as a manager will be decided by that, I don't understand that.

"Clubs should be able to work out whether their current manager is the right man for the job, and then accept there will be periods in the season where the team will be winning or losing."

Palace recently got their first win of the season in a surprise 2-1 win over Chelsea, but were beaten by Newcastle United last weekend and remain bottom of the league standings.

West Ham were also beaten last weekend, 3-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion, leaving them outside the drop zone on goal difference alone.

The two sides clash in a so-called 'six-pointer' at Selhurst Park on Saturday with both managers fighting to turn their club's fortunes around.

Kick off is at 16:00.

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