“We had a relaxed chat about West Ham — why not? — but the details aren’t for the paper.
“To be fair, a lot of the things he said were exactly the points I would have made.
“He didn’t need me to tell him a lot of things because he still has (goalkeeping coach) Chris Woods, who was there with me from day one.”
Bilic is also clearly smarting from the criticism he took from Sullivan for blaming the club’s woes in the transfer market on him.
He said: “West Ham is my club, I am not afraid of confrontation but I don’t want it with people I got on with for two years.
“But again I have to say something. To say all the good players were him, and the bad signings were me is kind of low. And it’s simply not true.
“I don’t want to praise myself but if you ask about Lanzini, I knew about him since he was at River Plate a few years ago, I wanted to take him to Besiktas.
“At that time, he was too much money and went to Al Jazira.
“Let’s be honest, who knew about Lanzini before he came to England? Nobody knew and that includes the chairman.
“But I never treated the signings like that, like they are my players or your players.
“No, they were all our players, collective responsibility.”