Honest Slav admits it’s is all down to him


BilicberrySlaven Bilic is facing up to the tension-wracked finale and remainder of the season in typical styling declaring: “It’s all me and that’s the way it should be.”

Not once during this extraordinarily season has the boss blamed the players, officials or injuries for the club’s plight instead deflecting all criticism away from everything and everybody but himself.

Throw the new stadium and Dimitri Payet into the mix and it really is little wonder that this has been a campaign of torture.

But the honest Hammers boss accepts all responsibility declaring: “I didn’t smell this, I didn’t think we would lose five games but it’s my responsibility and, to be fair, it’s very bad.

“But I feel the pressure of the situation and I don’t want to hide behind the pressure. I’m in the front row and I enjoy to be there when it happens.

“I don’t want these things to happen — but when it happens I don’t want to share that  pressure or responsibility.

“We now have to show our character, our quality — and give everything to stop this run of results immediately.

“We know the position we are in. It is us who are to blame and it is first of all my responsibility.It’s all me and that’s the way it should be.”

“But it’s about time we got points and got ourselves out of possible trouble. Our one and only aim is to win this game.

“A while ago, I was saying we were in a good position but now we are not. I am not sure if it is ‘do or die’ yet — but Swansea is a massive game.”

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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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  • bubbles says:

    Since when has stating the obvious become being honest ? Awful transfer dealings , poor tactics , no plan B , playing Noble who has been horendous week after week , if that is not bad enough ,playing two of our better players out of position to accomodate him …. of course it is Bilic’s fault .

  • FUGMASTER says:

    There’s no doubt about it in most Hammer supporters minds, that Slav is a nice bloke, and you also have to admire his honesty here. However, I am of the opinion (and as hinted earlier this week on this site), that all is not right with the coaches and coaching methods employed by Slav, and his insistence in playing players out of position (we all know those that I’m referring to here). I believe that the time has come for maybe an injection of some British Steel into his training regime, which might at the end of the day not only keep the team performing, but also save Slav his job. The mind boggles with Dicksy also in the current mix, how our defence record is so poor???? COYI

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      I don’t think it has to be British steel even Fug just someone to put a rocket up them, Slav is a nice bloke but the players seem to like him but not respect him enough to put proper performances in and that’s no good for a manager imho agree completely with what you have said though.

  • FUGMASTER says:

    Agreed with them liking him, but not respecting him ,32. One thing the Rednap’s and Sam’s of this world have is the ability to talk, get their point of view across and motivate a team; just looking how badly Slav interviews (Ok, I know any attempt at me speaking Croatian would be far worse!), and if his coaches are no better(?), then there I think lies a large chunk of our problem. Bondzo was not a talker, more a do’er, but then he had Harry beside him when he managed the club; somehow I don’t think Slav’s got that combination within his current coaching team???

  • FUGMASTER says:

    Then I suggest you don’t bother visiting it again; these sites are for fans comments, simple as that, whether you agree with them or not……

  • bubbles says:

    If you don’t want or like fans honest heartfelt comments why the hell are you reading them ? Moron

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