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Slaven Bilic clinging to West Ham job as club consider whether any replacements would be available mid-season

Slaven Bilic is clinging to his West Ham United job as the club weigh up whether any of his potential replacements would be available mid-season. And the Hammers could face a battle with Leicester City if they decide to sack Bilic and pursue one of their top targets, Manuel Pellegrini. Friday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton has left Bilic on the brink and the Croatian may only have the games against Tottenham Hotspur, in the Carabao Cup, and Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday to save his job. But complicating West Ham’s decision is the fact they do not want to follow Leicester’s example and sack a manager without having a replacement lined up. Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner would be West Ham’s top target if Bilic left, but the German has already indicated that he would rather see out the season with the Terriers following interest from Leicester. West Ham would face a battle with Leicester for Manuel Pellegrini's services Credit: AFP/Getty Images Former Manchester City manager Pellegrini is also high on the list of candidates the Hammers would consider, but the Chilean could be hard to prize out of his lucrative Hebei China Fortune contract. Pellegrini has the attraction of winning the Premier League title and League Cup during three years at City and also managed Real Madrid. The 64-year-old is on the list of managers Leicester want to speak to about replacing Craig Shakespeare. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the Foxes have spoken to former Southampton manager Claude Puel while Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini have been linked with the post. Other than Wagner and Pellegrini, West Ham remain admirers of Rafa Benitez, who they almost appointed ahead of Bilic, but the takeover of Newcastle United could help persuade the Spaniard to stay put. Benitez has already spoken about his excitement over the prospect of unlocking the “massive potential” of Newcastle with fresh financial backing. Benitez has also been linked to the job Credit: AFP/Getty Images With Bilic in the final year of his contract, the Hammers would prefer to see out the season before deciding whether to make a change. But that may not be possible if results do not significantly improve with the mood around the London Stadium turning angry on Friday night. There was no emergency meeting called for Saturday, with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold reluctant to make a knee-jerk decision. But the club are alarmed at the start to the season and, in particular, the form of Bilic’s big summer signings – especially Marko Arnautovic who has struggled since his move from Stoke City for a fee which could rise to £24million. Arnautovic was booed off when he was substituted during the Brighton defeat and it was noted that he failed to get the better of a right-back, Bruno, who is 37 years old. Marko Arnautovic has disappointed since his summer move Credit:  REUTERS There is a feeling within the club that the squad is better suited to playing with three central defenders, but Bilic is persisting with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation to try and accommodate Arnautovic and another of his big signings, Javier Hernandez. There are also ongoing concerns over the fitness of the squad, the training techniques used by Bilic and the injury record. It all points to a change being made, although Bilic was in a similarly difficult situation when he went to Palace last season, switched to three-at-the-back, and won. Another concern is that, for the first time, Bilic appears unable to motivate the players and there was no response from them during the Brighton game. Following the defeat to Brighton, Bilic said: “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”

Slaven Bilic clinging to West Ham job as club consider whether any replacements would be available mid-season

Slaven Bilic is clinging to his West Ham United job as the club weigh up whether any of his potential replacements would be available mid-season. And the Hammers could face a battle with Leicester City if they decide to sack Bilic and pursue one of their top targets, Manuel Pellegrini. Friday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton has left Bilic on the brink and the Croatian may only have the games against Tottenham Hotspur, in the Carabao Cup, and Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday to save his job. But complicating West Ham’s decision is the fact they do not want to follow Leicester’s example and sack a manager without having a replacement lined up. Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner would be West Ham’s top target if Bilic left, but the German has already indicated that he would rather see out the season with the Terriers following interest from Leicester. West Ham would face a battle with Leicester for Manuel Pellegrini's services Credit: AFP/Getty Images Former Manchester City manager Pellegrini is also high on the list of candidates the Hammers would consider, but the Chilean could be hard to prize out of his lucrative Hebei China Fortune contract. Pellegrini has the attraction of winning the Premier League title and League Cup during three years at City and also managed Real Madrid. The 64-year-old is on the list of managers Leicester want to speak to about replacing Craig Shakespeare. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the Foxes have spoken to former Southampton manager Claude Puel while Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini have been linked with the post. Other than Wagner and Pellegrini, West Ham remain admirers of Rafa Benitez, who they almost appointed ahead of Bilic, but the takeover of Newcastle United could help persuade the Spaniard to stay put. Benitez has already spoken about his excitement over the prospect of unlocking the “massive potential” of Newcastle with fresh financial backing. Benitez has also been linked to the job Credit: AFP/Getty Images With Bilic in the final year of his contract, the Hammers would prefer to see out the season before deciding whether to make a change. But that may not be possible if results do not significantly improve with the mood around the London Stadium turning angry on Friday night. There was no emergency meeting called for Saturday, with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold reluctant to make a knee-jerk decision. But the club are alarmed at the start to the season and, in particular, the form of Bilic’s big summer signings – especially Marko Arnautovic who has struggled since his move from Stoke City for a fee which could rise to £24million. Arnautovic was booed off when he was substituted during the Brighton defeat and it was noted that he failed to get the better of a right-back, Bruno, who is 37 years old. Marko Arnautovic has disappointed since his summer move Credit:  REUTERS There is a feeling within the club that the squad is better suited to playing with three central defenders, but Bilic is persisting with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation to try and accommodate Arnautovic and another of his big signings, Javier Hernandez. There are also ongoing concerns over the fitness of the squad, the training techniques used by Bilic and the injury record. It all points to a change being made, although Bilic was in a similarly difficult situation when he went to Palace last season, switched to three-at-the-back, and won. Another concern is that, for the first time, Bilic appears unable to motivate the players and there was no response from them during the Brighton game. Following the defeat to Brighton, Bilic said: “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”

Slaven Bilic clinging to West Ham job as club consider whether any replacements would be available mid-season

Slaven Bilic is clinging to his West Ham United job as the club weigh up whether any of his potential replacements would be available mid-season. And the Hammers could face a battle with Leicester City if they decide to sack Bilic and pursue one of their top targets, Manuel Pellegrini. Friday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton has left Bilic on the brink and the Croatian may only have the games against Tottenham Hotspur, in the Carabao Cup, and Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday to save his job. But complicating West Ham’s decision is the fact they do not want to follow Leicester’s example and sack a manager without having a replacement lined up. Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner would be West Ham’s top target if Bilic left, but the German has already indicated that he would rather see out the season with the Terriers following interest from Leicester. West Ham would face a battle with Leicester for Manuel Pellegrini's services Credit: AFP/Getty Images Former Manchester City manager Pellegrini is also high on the list of candidates the Hammers would consider, but the Chilean could be hard to prize out of his lucrative Hebei China Fortune contract. Pellegrini has the attraction of winning the Premier League title and League Cup during three years at City and also managed Real Madrid. The 64-year-old is on the list of managers Leicester want to speak to about replacing Craig Shakespeare. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the Foxes have spoken to former Southampton manager Claude Puel while Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini have been linked with the post. Other than Wagner and Pellegrini, West Ham remain admirers of Rafa Benitez, who they almost appointed ahead of Bilic, but the takeover of Newcastle United could help persuade the Spaniard to stay put. Benitez has already spoken about his excitement over the prospect of unlocking the “massive potential” of Newcastle with fresh financial backing. Benitez has also been linked to the job Credit: AFP/Getty Images With Bilic in the final year of his contract, the Hammers would prefer to see out the season before deciding whether to make a change. But that may not be possible if results do not significantly improve with the mood around the London Stadium turning angry on Friday night. There was no emergency meeting called for Saturday, with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold reluctant to make a knee-jerk decision. But the club are alarmed at the start to the season and, in particular, the form of Bilic’s big summer signings – especially Marko Arnautovic who has struggled since his move from Stoke City for a fee which could rise to £24million. Arnautovic was booed off when he was substituted during the Brighton defeat and it was noted that he failed to get the better of a right-back, Bruno, who is 37 years old. Marko Arnautovic has disappointed since his summer move Credit:  REUTERS There is a feeling within the club that the squad is better suited to playing with three central defenders, but Bilic is persisting with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation to try and accommodate Arnautovic and another of his big signings, Javier Hernandez. There are also ongoing concerns over the fitness of the squad, the training techniques used by Bilic and the injury record. It all points to a change being made, although Bilic was in a similarly difficult situation when he went to Palace last season, switched to three-at-the-back, and won. Another concern is that, for the first time, Bilic appears unable to motivate the players and there was no response from them during the Brighton game. Following the defeat to Brighton, Bilic said: “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”

Slaven Bilic clinging to West Ham job as club consider whether any replacements would be available mid-season

Slaven Bilic is clinging to his West Ham United job as the club weigh up whether any of his potential replacements would be available mid-season. And the Hammers could face a battle with Leicester City if they decide to sack Bilic and pursue one of their top targets, Manuel Pellegrini. Friday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton has left Bilic on the brink and the Croatian may only have the games against Tottenham Hotspur, in the Carabao Cup, and Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday to save his job. But complicating West Ham’s decision is the fact they do not want to follow Leicester’s example and sack a manager without having a replacement lined up. Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner would be West Ham’s top target if Bilic left, but the German has already indicated that he would rather see out the season with the Terriers following interest from Leicester. West Ham would face a battle with Leicester for Manuel Pellegrini's services Credit: AFP/Getty Images Former Manchester City manager Pellegrini is also high on the list of candidates the Hammers would consider, but the Chilean could be hard to prize out of his lucrative Hebei China Fortune contract. Pellegrini has the attraction of winning the Premier League title and League Cup during three years at City and also managed Real Madrid. The 64-year-old is on the list of managers Leicester want to speak to about replacing Craig Shakespeare. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the Foxes have spoken to former Southampton manager Claude Puel while Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini have been linked with the post. Other than Wagner and Pellegrini, West Ham remain admirers of Rafa Benitez, who they almost appointed ahead of Bilic, but the takeover of Newcastle United could help persuade the Spaniard to stay put. Benitez has already spoken about his excitement over the prospect of unlocking the “massive potential” of Newcastle with fresh financial backing. Benitez has also been linked to the job Credit: AFP/Getty Images With Bilic in the final year of his contract, the Hammers would prefer to see out the season before deciding whether to make a change. But that may not be possible if results do not significantly improve with the mood around the London Stadium turning angry on Friday night. There was no emergency meeting called for Saturday, with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold reluctant to make a knee-jerk decision. But the club are alarmed at the start to the season and, in particular, the form of Bilic’s big summer signings – especially Marko Arnautovic who has struggled since his move from Stoke City for a fee which could rise to £24million. Arnautovic was booed off when he was substituted during the Brighton defeat and it was noted that he failed to get the better of a right-back, Bruno, who is 37 years old. Marko Arnautovic has disappointed since his summer move Credit:  REUTERS There is a feeling within the club that the squad is better suited to playing with three central defenders, but Bilic is persisting with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation to try and accommodate Arnautovic and another of his big signings, Javier Hernandez. There are also ongoing concerns over the fitness of the squad, the training techniques used by Bilic and the injury record. It all points to a change being made, although Bilic was in a similarly difficult situation when he went to Palace last season, switched to three-at-the-back, and won. Another concern is that, for the first time, Bilic appears unable to motivate the players and there was no response from them during the Brighton game. Following the defeat to Brighton, Bilic said: “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

Slaven Bilic takes 'full responsibility' after Brighton heap more misery on West Ham

David Sullivan backed Slaven Bilic to see out West Ham contract before heavy loss to Brighton

David Sullivan backed Slaven Bilic to see out West Ham contract before heavy loss to Brighton

I don't want to hide - Bilic takes responsibility for humbling West Ham defeat

West Ham produced a woeful performance as they went down to Brighton and Slaven Bilic has taken responsibility.

West Ham 0 Brighton 3: Slaven Bilic on the brink after humiliating home defeat

Slaven Bilic wants to change the colour of the perimeter around the London Stadium pitch from green to claret – but there will have been blood on the carpets after this one. This was as shocking as it gets for West Ham and for their manager as they slumped to a horrific defeat against an organised, resilient Brighton. It was the kind of performance and loss that can be defining, that can have significant repercussions and Bilic got the customary “sacked in the morning” chant from the gleeful Brighton supporters.  “It’s very hard for me to say anything clever now. I take full responsibility for it. I don’t want to hide,” Bilic said with typical candour afterwards. “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”  He knows the score. His contract is up at the end of this season although the club want to honour it, it is hard to see him surviving beyond then. If he gets that far. .  For Bilic this was particularly bad as it was a televised match, on a Friday night, and it gave the terrible ­impression that he could not rouse a response from his players, which was strange because they had been in good form. But they ran out of ideas. They never looked like scoring. It was supposed to be a showcase. It ended being a showing up.  Slaven Bilic appeared helpless on the touchline as Brighton gave his West Ham side a thumping  Credit:  Action Images Goalkeeper Joe Hart was poor but he was not alone, although his performance again raised questions as to why he was signed – or at least how he has failed to justify that expensive loan deal. Hart needs to worry about his own position – for club and country. Bilic’s idea in changing the perimeter colour is to try to make the pitch appear more distinct for the players, and not so vast, but they shrunk here instead. In fact they went missing and not least the club’s record signing, Marko Arnautovic, who was simply appalling and was jeered when he was substituted. Supporters also streamed for the exits after Brighton’s third goal.  This lifted Brighton into the top 10 – West Ham could end this weekend in the bottom three if results go against them – and it was their first top-flight victory in 34 matches away from home; their first, in fact, since March 1983.  It was warranted.  “I thought we were outstanding,” said Brighton manager Chris Hughton and as good as his team were, as organised and drilled with that rock-solid central defensive partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy again proving a formidable barrier on which to build, they were aided by their opponents.  Glenn Murray (left) reels away after scoring his and Brighton & Hove Albion's first of the evening Credit:  REUTERS For each of the three goals – two of which were claimed by 34-year-old veteran striker Glenn Murray – West Ham were at fault. There was no excuse for them. None at all.  The first came from a free-kick flighted in by the impressive Pascal Gross. It was met by Murray, who simply guided his header past Hart. For some reason, neither Pedro Obiang – who was really to blame – nor Michail Antonio, the two closest West Ham players, had tracked the forward and the visitors were in front. Winston Reid threw up his hands in disbelief.  For the second, on the stroke of half-time, Hart blundered. He had done well to claw away Murray’s shot but Brighton attacked again and Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, cut in from the left, easily beating Obiang. Although Hart got a hand to his powerful shot back across him he could not keep it out and it dropped into the net.  “We’re in a bit of a mess,” said West Ham’s former striker Trevor Morley, one of the guests, as he was introduced at the interval and no one was arguing with that.  West Ham 0 - 2 Brighton (José Izquierdo, 45 + 2 min) It became more of a mess. West Ham dominated possession but nothing, absolutely nothing happened for them and all their big signings went missing. Javier Hernandez was poor, Manuel Lanzini – who had a couple of half-chances and forced the only save from Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan – struggled, Antonio appeared hampered by injury – and Arnautovic? Wow. He was bad.  So Brighton scored again. They broke and once more Hart denied Murray, from close-range, but the danger did not pass and when Bruno crossed deep the striker collected possession, and moved inside to shoot where he was caught by Pablo Zabaleta with a rash challenge. The spot-kick was drilled down the centre of the goal and the exodus of home fans truly began.  “We need to look at ourselves in the mirror,” said West Ham defender Jose Fonte, who also apologised to the supporters on behalf of the players. “We have an unbelievable squad and should not be in this position. We are West Ham and it’s just not possible.”  Unfortunately, horribly, it was all too possible on Friday night.

West Ham 0 Brighton 3: Slaven Bilic on the brink after humiliating home defeat

Slaven Bilic wants to change the colour of the perimeter around the London Stadium pitch from green to claret – but there will have been blood on the carpets after this one. This was as shocking as it gets for West Ham and for their manager as they slumped to a horrific defeat against an organised, resilient Brighton. It was the kind of performance and loss that can be defining, that can have significant repercussions and Bilic got the customary “sacked in the morning” chant from the gleeful Brighton supporters.  “It’s very hard for me to say anything clever now. I take full responsibility for it. I don’t want to hide,” Bilic said with typical candour afterwards. “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”  He knows the score. His contract is up at the end of this season although the club want to honour it, it is hard to see him surviving beyond then. If he gets that far. .  For Bilic this was particularly bad as it was a televised match, on a Friday night, and it gave the terrible ­impression that he could not rouse a response from his players, which was strange because they had been in good form. But they ran out of ideas. They never looked like scoring. It was supposed to be a showcase. It ended being a showing up.  Slaven Bilic appeared helpless on the touchline as Brighton gave his West Ham side a thumping  Credit:  Action Images Goalkeeper Joe Hart was poor but he was not alone, although his performance again raised questions as to why he was signed – or at least how he has failed to justify that expensive loan deal. Hart needs to worry about his own position – for club and country. Bilic’s idea in changing the perimeter colour is to try to make the pitch appear more distinct for the players, and not so vast, but they shrunk here instead. In fact they went missing and not least the club’s record signing, Marko Arnautovic, who was simply appalling and was jeered when he was substituted. Supporters also streamed for the exits after Brighton’s third goal.  This lifted Brighton into the top 10 – West Ham could end this weekend in the bottom three if results go against them – and it was their first top-flight victory in 34 matches away from home; their first, in fact, since March 1983.  It was warranted.  “I thought we were outstanding,” said Brighton manager Chris Hughton and as good as his team were, as organised and drilled with that rock-solid central defensive partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy again proving a formidable barrier on which to build, they were aided by their opponents.  Glenn Murray (left) reels away after scoring his and Brighton & Hove Albion's first of the evening Credit:  REUTERS For each of the three goals – two of which were claimed by 34-year-old veteran striker Glenn Murray – West Ham were at fault. There was no excuse for them. None at all.  The first came from a free-kick flighted in by the impressive Pascal Gross. It was met by Murray, who simply guided his header past Hart. For some reason, neither Pedro Obiang – who was really to blame – nor Michail Antonio, the two closest West Ham players, had tracked the forward and the visitors were in front. Winston Reid threw up his hands in disbelief.  For the second, on the stroke of half-time, Hart blundered. He had done well to claw away Murray’s shot but Brighton attacked again and Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, cut in from the left, easily beating Obiang. Although Hart got a hand to his powerful shot back across him he could not keep it out and it dropped into the net.  “We’re in a bit of a mess,” said West Ham’s former striker Trevor Morley, one of the guests, as he was introduced at the interval and no one was arguing with that.  West Ham 0 - 2 Brighton (José Izquierdo, 45 + 2 min) It became more of a mess. West Ham dominated possession but nothing, absolutely nothing happened for them and all their big signings went missing. Javier Hernandez was poor, Manuel Lanzini – who had a couple of half-chances and forced the only save from Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan – struggled, Antonio appeared hampered by injury – and Arnautovic? Wow. He was bad.  So Brighton scored again. They broke and once more Hart denied Murray, from close-range, but the danger did not pass and when Bruno crossed deep the striker collected possession, and moved inside to shoot where he was caught by Pablo Zabaleta with a rash challenge. The spot-kick was drilled down the centre of the goal and the exodus of home fans truly began.  “We need to look at ourselves in the mirror,” said West Ham defender Jose Fonte, who also apologised to the supporters on behalf of the players. “We have an unbelievable squad and should not be in this position. We are West Ham and it’s just not possible.”  Unfortunately, horribly, it was all too possible on Friday night.

West Ham 0 Brighton 3: Slaven Bilic on the brink after humiliating home defeat

Slaven Bilic wants to change the colour of the perimeter around the London Stadium pitch from green to claret – but there will have been blood on the carpets after this one. This was as shocking as it gets for West Ham and for their manager as they slumped to a horrific defeat against an organised, resilient Brighton. It was the kind of performance and loss that can be defining, that can have significant repercussions and Bilic got the customary “sacked in the morning” chant from the gleeful Brighton supporters.  “It’s very hard for me to say anything clever now. I take full responsibility for it. I don’t want to hide,” Bilic said with typical candour afterwards. “It is not a good situation and the board will do what they are going to do. It’s their decision … I have to say sorry to the fans. It’s not the first time. They deserve better than this.”  He knows the score. His contract is up at the end of this season although the club want to honour it, it is hard to see him surviving beyond then. If he gets that far. .  For Bilic this was particularly bad as it was a televised match, on a Friday night, and it gave the terrible ­impression that he could not rouse a response from his players, which was strange because they had been in good form. But they ran out of ideas. They never looked like scoring. It was supposed to be a showcase. It ended being a showing up.  Slaven Bilic appeared helpless on the touchline as Brighton gave his West Ham side a thumping  Credit:  Action Images Goalkeeper Joe Hart was poor but he was not alone, although his performance again raised questions as to why he was signed – or at least how he has failed to justify that expensive loan deal. Hart needs to worry about his own position – for club and country. Bilic’s idea in changing the perimeter colour is to try to make the pitch appear more distinct for the players, and not so vast, but they shrunk here instead. In fact they went missing and not least the club’s record signing, Marko Arnautovic, who was simply appalling and was jeered when he was substituted. Supporters also streamed for the exits after Brighton’s third goal.  This lifted Brighton into the top 10 – West Ham could end this weekend in the bottom three if results go against them – and it was their first top-flight victory in 34 matches away from home; their first, in fact, since March 1983.  It was warranted.  “I thought we were outstanding,” said Brighton manager Chris Hughton and as good as his team were, as organised and drilled with that rock-solid central defensive partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy again proving a formidable barrier on which to build, they were aided by their opponents.  Glenn Murray (left) reels away after scoring his and Brighton & Hove Albion's first of the evening Credit:  REUTERS For each of the three goals – two of which were claimed by 34-year-old veteran striker Glenn Murray – West Ham were at fault. There was no excuse for them. None at all.  The first came from a free-kick flighted in by the impressive Pascal Gross. It was met by Murray, who simply guided his header past Hart. For some reason, neither Pedro Obiang – who was really to blame – nor Michail Antonio, the two closest West Ham players, had tracked the forward and the visitors were in front. Winston Reid threw up his hands in disbelief.  For the second, on the stroke of half-time, Hart blundered. He had done well to claw away Murray’s shot but Brighton attacked again and Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, cut in from the left, easily beating Obiang. Although Hart got a hand to his powerful shot back across him he could not keep it out and it dropped into the net.  “We’re in a bit of a mess,” said West Ham’s former striker Trevor Morley, one of the guests, as he was introduced at the interval and no one was arguing with that.  West Ham 0 - 2 Brighton (José Izquierdo, 45 + 2 min) It became more of a mess. West Ham dominated possession but nothing, absolutely nothing happened for them and all their big signings went missing. Javier Hernandez was poor, Manuel Lanzini – who had a couple of half-chances and forced the only save from Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan – struggled, Antonio appeared hampered by injury – and Arnautovic? Wow. He was bad.  So Brighton scored again. They broke and once more Hart denied Murray, from close-range, but the danger did not pass and when Bruno crossed deep the striker collected possession, and moved inside to shoot where he was caught by Pablo Zabaleta with a rash challenge. The spot-kick was drilled down the centre of the goal and the exodus of home fans truly began.  “We need to look at ourselves in the mirror,” said West Ham defender Jose Fonte, who also apologised to the supporters on behalf of the players. “We have an unbelievable squad and should not be in this position. We are West Ham and it’s just not possible.”  Unfortunately, horribly, it was all too possible on Friday night.

West Ham vs Brighton match report: Hammers face dropping into relegation zone as away team sweeps to victory

West Ham vs Brighton match report: Hammers face dropping into relegation zone as away team sweeps to victory

West Ham vs Brighton match report: Hammers face dropping into relegation zone as away team sweeps to victory

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 REUTERS/David Klein

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

West Ham hit 86-year low as pressure mounts on Bilic

Glenn Murray continued his excellent record against the Irons as they were beaten 3-0 at the London Stadium by Brighton and Hove Albion

West Ham hit 86-year low as pressure mounts on Bilic

Glenn Murray continued his excellent record against the Irons as they were beaten 3-0 at the London Stadium by Brighton and Hove Albion

West Ham United Fan View: 3 talking points from the Brighton nightmare

Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack

Brighton‘s Glenn Murray, centre, scores the opening goal against West Ham.

Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack

Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack

West Ham 0 Brighton 3: Slaven Bilic on the brink after humiliating home defeat

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