Claret and Hugh speaks to the BBC

Claret and Hugh Associate Editor, Sean Whetstone was asked by the BBC to speak about the future of Slaven Bilic as West Ham manager on the Sunday Sport show on BBC London radio on Sunday evening. Slaven has come under further pressure after a third defeat in a row and only one win in seven.

You can hear his interview below:


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

16 comments on “Claret and Hugh speaks to the BBC

  1. Good interview Sean, lets see what the rest of the season brings Hull, Arsenal and Swansea are all low on results as we are in recent form so maybe we can scramble 4 points out of those, fingers crossed COYI !!!

  2. well summed up Sean. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. Yup as expected our boy talks a lot of sense 😍

  4. Yes good interview – for me it’s all about the quality of the Team, the Recruitment in the summer was a shambles and to what extent was Bilic responsible for that?

    The whole Payet issue was another disaster – did Bilic allow it to drag on to long and to indulge him too much at the expense of the Team?

    Playing players out of position all year, the Right Back fiasco, Carroll being too one dimensional and his fitness issues, the lack of a back-up etc

    You can’t really see West Ham improving on their current position and the Season just petering out to a disappointing conclusion.

    A massive overhaul of the playing staff is required, big changes are needed!

  5. Good listen Sean.Were you an Eton or Harrow pupil Lol

  6. I don’t agree MM that the recruitment was a shambles, it could have been better that’s for sure the key positions right back and striker are where I would agree with you the board and Bilic fell short, even then in Callieri and Zaza we could have had better performances. Bilic signed off on every player according to Sean. I think we have actually signed a lot of very talented young players, we didn’t sign any marquee players despite a lot of effort to do so by the board, my concern is that the players we do have seem to be gradually getting worse rather than improving (Lanzini and Obiang excepted). I believe we have a squad with the right manager and coaches that can propel us to the top end of the table, the future is there most of the signings are young and can improve but will they get a chance ? Bilic has a poor track record with us in giving the youngsters a chance, Fletcher had a few opportunities, Byram looks like he may get an extended run or at least we hope so, Oxford looked good then had a questionable game and a half never to be seen again other than on the bench, the players he has stuck with make defensive mistakes left right and centre quite literally but are kept in the team or moved to positions that are not natural for them. If Bilic isn’t the problem then his coaching staff have a lot of questions to answer for me anyway…

  7. I always watch/record Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling and his lot 32.Usually just build up to 3pm when recorded.Well they were discussing youngsters in the teams,the general consensus was that most managers in the Prem wont give them the chance because it is such a short term results driven job.
    Why should they play youngsters when the a managers job in the Prem has such a short shelf life,why do they want to invest time in youngsters when they probably wont be around to see the benefits & can much easier put in a senior player.
    When it comes to the youngsters playing arguement i dont see Bilic as any different to 90 % of other Prem managers in that respect.
    Just saying what Phil Thompson said πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Agree with what you say Rads, I guess we have been spoiled in the past where we had an academy that produced us players able to make the step up and they have been provided opportunities, when we have seen though that Oxford has in games been good enough, likewise Byram and Fernandes etc, if playing the established players isn’t getting results and you have a lot of players that might be able to make the step up from the u23’s wouldn’t it be good to see them given 10 – 15 minutes in games to get the chance to impress ? When I look at Southampton, Everton, Spuds, Liverpool and Utd giving youth a chance and for the most part it being successful I wish we would be a little braver especially when we paid decent money for many of these we bought them to supplement the Europa League squad but they haven’t been given much opportunity.

      • Yeah i get what your saying mate buts lets be honest some of our youngsters that fans have called for to be introduced cant even get matches at their respective loan teams right now.
        Browne & Samuelsen played for the U23 at the weekend so it shows how much Wigan & Peterborough thought they needed them 😁
        We need bubs & matte back to lighten the mood i think πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. Good interview Sean. Nice to hear you say that Bilic signed off the summer signings as a lot of people seem to blame the board for everything that goes wrong.

    • Yes we all know that David Sullivan, Tony Henry and Bilic make the decisions. DS gets bombarded all the time with agents saying their client wants to play for West Ham. Some of them he takes to Bilic but if Bilic says no that’s the end of it. Why would a chairman force a player on a manager. We all know Bilic is stubborn, it just wouldn’t happen. Other transfers come through Tony Henry and his scouting network but again Bilic has to sign off on these.

      My understanding is there are three lists. Bilic’s list on who he wants, DS’s list of who is available and Tony Henry’s list of who he has scouted and looks good. There all sit in a room and go through all three lists crossing some of those off while underlining others.

      It couldn’t happen any other way, could it?

      It makes me laugh that people think DS picks all the transfers and Bilic just rolls over and doesn’t say a word. lol

      • “It makes me laugh that people think DS picks all the transfers and Bilic just rolls over and doesn’t say a word. lol’

        Perhaps because in the past, the players signed by the club that have never seen the light of day on the pitch, many from South America, Allardyce put up with it why wouldn’t Billic

        • Did you have to come here and mention the previous managers name ffs 😁

          • Don’t worry Rad, he cant harm us anymore

          • Yeah i know.
            He had his ulimate wet dream match on Saturday,Palace no shots on target and a 1-0 nil.It will probably go down as his favourite ever match πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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