Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring his side's third goal in the 4-1 win at West Ham.
Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring his side's third goal in the 4-1 win at West Ham. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Managers under pressure after string of bad results

FOUR English Premier League bosses are on the brink of being sacked after a disastrous set of results.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic moved a step closer to the axe after a horrific 1-4 loss at home to Liverpool.

The Hammers fans have been calling for his head for a number of years now, and it seems like only a matter of when, not if he goes, with David Moyes mooted as a possible replacement.

Asked if he thought he would be given more time, Bilic said: "I don't know. It's hard for me to talk about that now. Of course I believe in myself. I definitely don't feel a broken man. I'm very strong.

"I believe in my dedication and my previous work. I know my value.

"On the other hand the situation for West Ham is not good. The club is above every individual and that includes me.

"Are we playing well? No, we are not. It's me that has to take responsibility.

"I'm the one taking the bullets all the time, when I have to and when I don't have to.

"I'm always facing the situation and the consequences. I will speak to the owners when they call.”

Tony Pulis is also under pressure after his West Brom side slid to a 1-0 loss at 10-man Huddersfield.

The Baggies have been on a shocking run of form, having not won in their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Paul Clement is also closing in on the chop after his Swansea side lost 0-1 against newly-promoted Brighton.

The South Wales side are in the Premier League drop zone, and look like prime candidates to be relegated this season.

And Mauricio Pellegrino is facing the sack, as Southampton struggle to kick-on this campaign.

The Saints lost 0-1 to a late Burnley winner, and are on a poor run at present.

Despite this, Eddie Howe had a reprieve as Bournemouth beat Newcastle 0-1 at St James' Park.

Peter Crouch eased the pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes, scoring his 52nd headed goal in the EPL to earn the home side a 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

EPL scores: West Ham 1 Liverpool 4, Swansea 0 Brighton 1, Huddersfield 1 West Brom 0, Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1, Southampton 0 Burnley 1, Stoke 2 Leicester 2


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