Carry on Slav – you truly are the man


bilic_main_3437996b-large_transpjliwavx4cowfcaekesb3kvxit-lggwcwqwla_rxju8Those who voted in the ClaretandHugh poll that Slaven should remain as our boss were, in our opinion, 1,000 per cent right!

Nearly 70 per cent of you preferred him to prospective candidates in the last one and we were thrilled that he continued to enjoy such a high level of support among you.

ClaretandHugh is as happy with the man as manager as it was in despair when Sam Allardyce was in charge and will continue to give him every inch of our backing.

We wrote last season that this one was going to be mega difficult at a stadium so far removed from the Boleyn, and the Dimi Payet Affair has been as difficult a problem as it gets and he handled it with total expertise.

He has returned us to a team that at our best loves to attack and provides highly inventive football and despite issue after issue – exacerbated by the media of course – has now pushed us into the top ten.

The reaction given by the players at St Mary’s shows that the dressing room is 100 per cent behind him given what happened last Wednesday night.

Meanwhile last year’s champions Leicester City languish in a real and shocking relegation battle yet their manager rarely finds himself in the headlines.

It’s wrong and it’s unfair that with 31 points in the bag Slav continues to find himself at the centre of such speculation. To ensure our position is 100 per cent clear we say this here and now:

ClaretandHugh wants Slaven to carry on until the end of his contract and way beyond.Β The man is a Hammer through and through and is a guy we have waited for over a long time.

We trust him and have faith in him to sort out the home form which he always said may suffer. Claret and Hugh believes Slav is the man.

And please do not understand our polls which give you the chance to send the same message to the board.

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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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  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Totally agree Hugh, but I still reserve the right to critisize when when I think it’s due.
    We would certainly be taking too many risks to just swap managers, the way other teams do..
    For about the first 90 years West Ham had only 5 managers, a record we were proud of. Now after another 25 years we’ve had another 10. Not what we should look to continue.

  • Maravilla says:

    the way the board have used Bilic since the move is appalling and to try and blame him from the sale of payet to the lack of positional strength of depth has shown HE is the main for the job. The board must back him 100% and give him a long contract or they should sell for the Β£650m they reckon they’ve been offered..As this site is “board friendly” can you make sure that this is discussed very soon. As for Mancini and letting him sit in the director’s box is disgusting, bilic deserves an apology

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      agreed: flouting Mancini was a disgraceful thing to do; co-incidence some say? I’m not sure about that.

    • Stratford E20 says:

      I don’t think Mancini sitting in the directors box is out of the ordinary. He deserves to sit there more than the celeb fans on their twice yearly visits.

  • John says:

    Sorry guys there is nothing to suggest they were flouting Mancini. Also the board never discuss contracts mid season they’ll wait to season end and even then Slav has another 12 months left. They’ve had this policy for all of their time here including the Sam years. Slav is happy with that let it be.

  • Stan The Man says:

    Fellas,felas,fellas i really do think you take things a little too seriously sometimes.You do realise that 99% of fans probably dont care Mancini was there.Most of our support i suspect didnt even realise he was there & a vast majority probably dont know even now he was there.
    Its almost as bad as the wally brains who have spent days moaning about the poll here on whtid.

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      no no no no nobody is moaning. Just a matter of opinion whether Mancini was being paraded for all to see.
      It’s anyones guess.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I didn’t vote in the poll but am not convinced that Bilic can take us beyond the best of the rest, would I like him too as for much of last season we were in the mix, absolutely I would, do I like him as a man and as a representative of our club, absolutely, do I think any of the team have improved under his stewardship, none significantly. I also believe the team are not fit enough to compete with the top 6 or 7 and that in the vast majority of games against them we would probably lose because of it, furthermore I think that too often we lack intensity, it was missing Wednesday but it was there on Saturday, intensity is something that is very difficult to find during a match especially if you are on the back foot, you can however always start with it. I don’t think they were flouting Mancini and if it gave the players and manager a kick up the backside all well and good they needed it after that performance.

    • Radai Lama-.Sky Bet 15/8 as West Hams Next Manager says:

      I dont understand the fitness side of things 32.I dont have a clue what goes on πŸ˜€
      Whats happened to your superfit Leicester this season.I thought that was your thinking as to why they were so good last season.Serious question,im not taking the p*ss πŸ˜‚

      • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

        Leicester took City to school this season, last season actually my point was that they had Kante and Drinkwater who were a solid defensive unit and all their players contributed to closing the ball down, this season if you look at them they are still doing some of it and in the CL look almost like the Leicester of last season, in the league players like Morgan, Huth, Fuchs and Vardy are letting their manager down and without Kante in front of their defence they are getting undone time and again. If I remember correctly I said that if we had Kante we would have won the league, even with all the terrible refereeing decisions. Probably if we had played Song we would have finished in the CL spots, Leicester like us have a laid back manager, they are underperforming big time in the league, they have a lot of quality in their squad but for whatever reason they are not showing it and they are defensively fragile, Ranieri has tried to address it, by signing Ndidi and also Mendy but they have struggled to adapt as many of our signings have this season. I am pretty certain that their players will switch on enough to stay up even if it is only just and next season they will be better but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ranieri goes which is a shame because he is a nice guy but like most nice guy managers in football they get let down by arrogant players. To answer your question about the fitness thing, there is this myth that the PL players need to rest and not train as often as their counterparts in Europe, Zaza in his article confirmed that this intensity is not there and that they do not train enough or have the correct nutrition to keep him in peak condition. You can tell a players fitness by how quickly they recover from exertion, effectively by how quickly their heart rate comes down after they have sprinted for example, the more they are at high rates the more fuel they take from their bodies and their muscles and the less as a result they can maintain in future exertions, this is also a key factor in how susceptible they may be to muscle injuries because if the muscle is fatigued and or underconditioned it is more vulnerable, all of these players should train every day even on the rest days where they would do light exercise but mostly they should be doing lots of high intensity training because most football games revolve in many sprints of 5 to 15 yards as well as many jumps to head balls and also lots of changes of direction so this training should be focused on improving core stability, balance, muscle endurance and speed work, the players might say that this is not possible because they might not want to spend mornings and afternoons at the training ground working hard but this is what the best players and teams do and although you have short term dip while the muscles go through their adaptation phase to the additional exercise you have a long term gain, it is effectively maximising the power output of the body the vo2 max of the individual, the sports scientists at our club will understand the engine size of each player and how much output they should be capable of, late in halves and late in games this produces a tangible benefit against less fit players because as the body fatigues the oxygen to the brain is reduced and the fatigued player is more likely to make mistakes by either poor thinking or a lack of physical energy. It’s quite a long winded answer but it is my personal opinion based on what I have seen and what I know of human biology and my past experience of endurance athletics and cycling (presently I am a fat lump in my own opinion so it is a but hypocritical but fat can always be lost πŸ™‚ )

        • Radai Lama-.Sky Bet 15/8 as West Hams Next Manager says:

          Thanks 32 that was a far more comprehensive answer than i was expecting,but cheers.Rest assured when i become the next manager you are the new fitness coach πŸ’ͺπŸ˜€

          • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

            lol I think Daphne already has her eye on the fitness coach role, she has promised to whip the players into shape with a copy of the sunday sermon πŸ˜‰

  • Maravilla says:

    Well, various circles have suggested that pre Crystal Palace at home the board were preparing his fate on the outcome of that result…Never forget that they’re history as football owners is the equivalent of snatching defeat in the jaws of victory !!

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