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Forgiving Slav says fans will only remember good times

Slav and Payet in happier times

Slav and Payet in happier times

Slaven Bilic has come to terms with life after Dimitri Payet and has urged the fans to get over their bitter disappointment and remember only the good times.

Our level headed and very decent boss admitted to feeling “let down” and “angry” when the Frenchman started his dramatics.

But now he has declared: “Of course the fans are angry. But after some time, when they think about Payet they will not think about what happened at the end.

“They will think about a great year, the great games and everything that happened the year before. Now, of course, that anger and disappointment is overtaking everything that was good for the majority of the period.

“But time heals everything. They will forget. They will remember him as one of the greatest. Players are always moving and I’m not going that deep into what he should say or shouldn’t.

“He is gone, he went home — that was his wish — and I will not forget how good he was for us. He was brilliant. I was so happy and proud with my team, my staff, to help him achieve what he did.

“What he achieved with us was a great story for West Ham for the Premier League and for France. I want to thank him for everything he did for us. He was brilliant last year. We were brilliant for him also.

“Now that story’s finished, I wish him luck and all the best at Marseille.”


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7 comments on “Forgiving Slav says fans will only remember good times

  1. Only a gentleman with class could speak so well of a reptile.

  2. A very generous response from a really decent man and great manager. However the rawness is still there over the manner of his departure and will take a while to dissipate. I thought David Sullivan’s interview on Talksport was spot on and summed the position and the actions the club took really well. I am no club hierarchy apologist but continue to believe we are extremely lucky to have people as good as Messrs Sullivan, Gold, Brady and Super Slav in place. Onwards and upwards

  3. Yes- class. As a manager I still have some doubts about him, but it takes a big man to look for a way out of a dispute.He has shown the way. To be fair the interview I saw with Payet was not too bad. There was some ‘Only I know what Bilic said to me etc’ that could have been left unsaid, but personally I will remember some magic moments in a magic season & leave it at that.

  4. Personally I was more bothered by Tevez going to play for the Mancunian than I was by Payet putting his family first and Going home to France. I Prefer to remember what Payet did for us when he did Play for us. Same as I remember tevez for what he did for us. At the end of the day I will always remember the great moments of genuine world class West Ham players.

  5. You might have doubts about him as a manager 64 but i bet every fan of every other club has doubts about their manager apart from Chelski fans at the moment.Its how it works,unless you are walking away with the league the manager must be doing something wrong 😂
    As for Payet well i am just indifferent towards him.Yeah i remember the brilliance but i also aint going to forget the way he strolled around this season because he couldnt be arsed.I dont care what problems you have you can still put everything into 90 mins a week on the pitch 😉

  6. Everybodies own choice what they end up thinking of him.Its not down to anyone else to tell them what they should or shouldnt think..or tell them what they are or are not.

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