West Ham manager Slaven Bilic brushes off doubts over long-term future as he seeks solution to slump

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Bilic has seen the Hammers slip to three consecutive league defeats (Source: Getty)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists he has not been distracted by speculation that the team’s poor form has prompted Hammers chiefs to consider replacing him.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez, who almost joined the club three years ago, Reading’s Jaap Stam and Jurgen Klopp disciple David Wagner, of Huddersfield, have all been linked with West Ham.

But Bilic, who is looking to arrest a run of three defeats when his side play relegation-threatened Hull on Saturday, brushed off questions about his future ahead of the trip to Humberside.

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“That does not annoy me. There is something between being worried and annoyed. But my head is clear and I am totally motivated and focused,” said the Croatian.

“I have been here long enough to know what to do – over a year and a half. There is still a job to do and I have my contract.

“At the end of the day my contract is not running out. I have another year here.”

Bilic is due to have captain Mark Noble, who has recovered from injury, back against Hull.

Winger Michail Antonio remains sidelined but could return in midweek against Arsenal.

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