After Arnautovic, Snoddy reveals squad’s belief in boss


Robert Snodgrass has spoken of the total belief the Hammers squad has in the aims,ambitions and philosophy of the manager.

“He is brilliant,” Snodgrass told “I’ve really enjoyed working with the manager. I think you go through a stage where you’re constantly asking questions because you’re learning every day, and when it’s like that you need to bring results with it.

“I think supporters will agree that we had some good performances at London Stadium last season, and away from home as well. I also think the manager was happy because, although we didn’t perform in those first four games, we got to grips with our problems and picked up better results.

“Football is a results-based business and when it’s going well like it has been, everybody buys into what we’re trying to do here.”

The No11 added: “For me, it’s about trying to build on last season now. I want to try and get more goals and more assists and be the best teammate I can be.

“I’m driven by a desire to be a better player, to listen and to learn. We’re all constantly learning, and the manager and his staff will want to implement more, new ideas this season. To be a part of that going forward, I’m delighted.”

ClaretandHugh says: After the appalling behaviour of Marko Arnautovic it’a a joy to listen to a proper bloke and professional discussing the manager and the attitude the squad has towards him. Snoddy signed a new year’s contract with an option for a second just a few days ago before the Austrian demonstrated his extreme disloyalty in all circumstances. The two sides of our great game demonstrated in graphic detail. His comment that you go through a question asking period where you just want to learn suggests that after a season we will see more understanding of what Manuel Pellegrini wants this season and the ABILITY TO PRODUCE IT. On the face of it the Scot looks likely to face a tough time getting starts given the mass of midfield talent but such is his application and  determination to succeed I’d be surprised if he made less than 20 appearances either as a member of the starting X1 or off the bench.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Good Ole Daze says:

    Snoddy has become a true Hammer, in my opinion. Be great if he could transform into a more defensive-minded midfielder to fill that gap in our unbalanced squad. If we never manage to sign a striker, at least we could play a fistful of false No 9’s, I suppose … COYI

  • Bezza says:

    Guy is pure class,after all the comments he took from fans and the boardroom to come back from his loan spell and show what he can really do under a decent manager speaks volumes. I would rather have 10 snoddy’s then 1 greedy nameless striker.

    • Kevin says:

      Absolutely , Bezza . After some horrible fan comments he has bounced back with a fabulous attitude . Go on , Snoddy .

  • Hammerkip says:

    One of my favourites tbh his desire I s second to none

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