‘I don’t know what to expect from Slav’

matt-jarvis-west-ham-united_3054643Matt Jarvis admits the players are “trying to get our heads around it bing just ten days to a competitive match from the start of pre-season.”

He said: “It’s very short. I don’t think we would usually even have a friendly game lined up so quickly and even then you would only expect to play 45 minutes. But we will have to go out and play 90 minutes.

“So, yes, it’s strange. Normally we have a couple of weeks working on the fitness, running and so on, whereas now we have needed to get straight into working with the ball and get used to playing again and preparing for a competitive game. It’s definitely a different kind of pre-season.”

Speaking to The Telegraph, he added that the players didn’t know until late that Sam Allardyce would be leaving the club.

He said: “No one really knew what was really going on and we got to the end of the season, the last game, and Sam told us that he would not be staying.

“It felt very strange, right at the end of the season like that. But there’s a lot that goes on that you can’t control. You can only control what you can do and concentrate on that. You try not to let whatever else is going on around you affect you.”

However,he views Slaven Bilic’s arrival as a “fresh start” although understands new signing are par for the course in these situations.

He said: “Whenever a new manager comes in it’s a fresh start for all the players and obviously he will be wanting to bring in his own players as well but it’s a matter of showing what you can do in pre-season.

“That’s what you have to focus on – proving to him you are good enough to be in his team,” Jarvis, who has two years left on his contract

Jarvis admits he does not know what to expect from the Croatian who made 54 appearances for West Ham during his playing career and has craved the chance to manage in the Premier League.

He said: “I don’t quite know what to expect. It’s that opportunity for me to show what I can do for a new manager but it’s also a new boss and you know he will have decisions to make.”


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19 comments on “‘I don’t know what to expect from Slav’

  1. If Jarvis doesn’t show “Slav” something new, he should be on his way. A huge wad of money was spent on him with little or no return to date.

  2. He was a disappointment in my opinion & im being kind to him saying that 😉

  3. His arse always goes in front of goal. I think we should off load him now and take what we can, while we can!

  4. He certainly,possibly more than any other,has a lot of proving and improving to do. I wish him luck but I can’t see it somehow

  5. My advice: get back on the right, beat your man and get to the end line, whip, not lob, a ball across the face of goal and you will be fine.

  6. Id get rid of him..
    But maybe in the short term he can do a job when players are flagging due to the number of games.. Were going to need a hell of a squad! Can’t see the pennies lasting to buy to many more players?

  7. Cant really see any redemption for Jarvis even with this ‘clean slate’ principle.Think he will be be out the door as soon as a decent bid comes in for him.

  8. Mmmh.. 7 comments… No no no! They are not enough… Lol Jarvis? Thanks Sam…

  9. Lol,was that it Matte,all you could bring yourself to say about Jarvis….Jarvis? Thanks Sam..haha,i guess your not a fan of his then 😉

  10. Ahah… He’s not my favourite player… 😀

  11. Ahhhh,now everyhting is ok,11 comments,we have reached the minimum allowed to satisfy the ‘Comments Police’ 😀

  12. Good job Rads… Never less than 11 comments please. Thanks lol

  13. What is expected is passing defenders and crossing with power to one of our players to finish,then you do a little dance and repeat every chance you get in every game,
    It’s that simple
    Your reputation before you arrived at our ground was that you were the best crosser of a ball in the premier,( that was a crock )

  14. Dont know what to expect from slav? how about being shown where the door is…….sorry JOB but not good enough for premiership.

  15. He arrived as our record signing from a relegated club to play Fat Shams Hoofball.
    He is a championship level player, see you later, waste of money as is the sick note he was brought to provide crosses for.

  16. Get rid,aint good enough

  17. The future would seem to be elsewhere for him but no sniffs at our door yet

    • We live in hope Quickdraw.We are still left with Allardyce’s legacy of championship players in the first team.

      • We do but it never ceases to amaze me when I see poor players going from club to club so hopefully ours will get their chances somewhere else

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