But the Hammers’ first season at their new London Stadium home will still be remembered as a troubled one.
Bilic’s job was on the line following five straight defeats before last week’s 1-0 win over Swansea.
And he lost his cool in February by throwing a TV microphone to the floor when his side let in a last-minute equaliser against West Brom.
That earned him an £8,000 fine and the Croat revealed the poor mic was not the only inanimate object to feel his wrath this term.
“Everything I do, whether before a game or half time, I do it deliberately,” he said. “Even if I want to smash a table I do it with a plan.
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“Sometimes my team talks are calm, sometimes they are less calm. But that’s the way I do it. Have I ever thrown a table around at half time? I’ve had my moments, yes.
“How many tables have I got through this season? Well, put it this way, it looks like I’ll have to go to IKEA!”
Sunderland have to win to lift their fading chances of avoiding the drop and, as always, will look to Jermain Defoe for goals.
West Ham tried to buy him in January but the Black Cats refused.
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Bilic said: “We pushed, we tried but as soon as they said no that was it.”
A bright spot for Sunderland has been goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who has taken to life in the Premier League even quicker than Manchester United star David de Gea.
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The 23-year-old has performed so well for the struggling Black Cats this season that his elevation to the senior England squad was followed this week by a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Pickford finds himself in exalted company alongside Tottenham pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City schemer Leroy Sane and Burnley defender Michel Keane.
And his manager David Moyes insists he would not be at all surprised if his goalkeeper landed the prize after being thrown in at the deep end and showing his quality almost from the off.
Moyes said: “For a young goalkeeper to do that in his first year in the Premier League takes some doing.
“Even David de Gea, who came from Spain, [Sir] Alex [Ferguson] had to keep persevering with David de Gea. He had a bad year, but he kept persevering, he kept playing him and actually all the managers since have benefited from that at the time.
“I’ve got to to say, Jordan has gone in and nearly not made any mistakes at all – and I am saying that touching wood. I have been banging on all year that I think he’s the best emerging young talent for me.”