Slaven Bilic has to be the brightest and perhaps cleverest manager in West Ham’s history and he showed it again today when discussing Andy Carroll.
You only ever get the truth from this bloke so when asked if he had heard the stories about AC not looking after his body as he might have done he said: “Yes, and there’s probably something in it – that’s usually the case when these stories get around” (or words to that effect).
It’s so refreshing and it gives him and the club a really good image because there so much secrecy, half truth and downright lies told in this game of ours.
He tells it as it is and that is exactly the right thing to do at the moment because there’s such a feel good factor around the place people will take all of that and be proud of their manager.
Mind you, had we had lost a lot of games they’d probably be on his back and claiming that he needs to get some discipline in the place particularly when he said he’s not going to be a personal policeman to AC or any other player. Slav knows exactly how to play things!
It was the same yesterday when he came out saying that he wanted to become West Ham’s Sir Alex Ferguson in years to come – a great line and one which he clearly means. The board should be very very happy that Slaven Bilic agreed to become our manager.
I meet a lot of old pros in my work as a commentator and the Irons boss is getting a very good name for himself as we go from strength to strength and he has carried himself with such dignity.
Tomorrow it’s Watford and I have no hesitation predicting a 2-1 away win because the Hornets are a team that likes to counter attack. The midfield doesn’t get much beyond the halfway line and Deeney and Ighalo are the only goal threats.
I think we should be far too strong for them. With Winston Reid back to partner James Tomkins we should be able to look after those two and I reckon t will then be goood night Vienna for the Hornets.
We have to play our strongest team so that means no place for James Collins. That’s hard on the bloke cos he’s done well but that’s the squad Ginge is in I’m afraid.
Watford 1 Irons 2