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Players kids welcome at training sessions

carrollSlaven Bilic’s future is coming under increasing pressure with concerns growing about relaxed standards at the club’s training ground claim the Daily Mail this morning.

The newspaper claims that West Ham players have been allowed to bring their children to training and it has led to concerns about a soft environment at the Hammers state of the art training facility at Rush green.

The initial report by the Mail suggested that players pets were welcome at training sessions too but this has since been removed from the story possibility suggesting the club denied those claims and asked for a correction.

David Sullivan and David Gold  issued a statement yesterday following the 3-0 defeat to Southampton that they are ‘doing everything they can’ to fix a situation that sees the club in the relegation zone with just three points from six games.

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A West Ham United spokesperson told ClaretandHugh “We categorically refute the claim that there are concerns with standards at the club’s training base Rush Green.”

Slaven Bilic said, “I said at the beginning of the season, when we moved into our newly refurbished training ground, that I wanted to create an environment where players felt comfortable spending time there before and after training, and would be happy to bring their kids sometimes. I am completely content with the balance of hard work and the welcoming environment of Rush Green Training Ground.”

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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

15 comments on “Players kids welcome at training sessions

  1. You really do need to stop trawling through the media looking for stories like this Sean hehe you will only feed the wack job supporters we have & send them into another frenzy.

  2. On face value if this story is true it’s worrying, but it sounds like putting the boot into Sloven when he’s down, an isolated incident maybe blown up out of all proportion.

    The players go to Training to work and it’s inconceivable that kids and pets would be allowed on a regular basis.

  3. You always get all types of stories like this when a side is down in the dumps.The press go for any slant on it to stir things up.Somethings just aint worth reading about 😉

  4. I’m no expert in the runnings of a PL football club but I am sure that I have read somewhere that the day after a game there isn’t normally a full on days training. If I am wrong please correct me.

  5. This is pathetic Sean, and I’m afraid a little beneath the standards I expect of this site. EssexLive, HITC and other pretenders, maybe, but not C&H. Let’s stick to the real issues and news, shall we? In every walk of life, people occasionally bring kids into work, and nobody thinks them unprofessional, do they? It’s a bit of light relief at a difficult time, and it’s frustrating to see you feed this ridiculous media tabloid hype just to get clicks. Feel really disappointed in you guys… 🙁

  6. Like Ed said it is just another article to make the drama queens go into overdrive.

  7. Meaning that the kids being there yesterday wont have caused much distraction & were the wags there with them?

  8. I think it is a valid story, it is not unknown though because this was reported last season when we were doing well. Slav has treated the players like adults and reinforced the family feeling but now the players are not responding he should look to change things get them focused purely on what they have to do in the upcoming games.

    • No32 how can a story be valid when they retract part of it.The pets line was removed.If this journalist was worth his salt he wouldnt need to write fictitous rubbish he has to remove lol
      Yes i agree the kids did go occasionally last season but this is a clear case of a journo making up rubbish,clearly in part to grab a headline.No surprise there i guess LOL

      • What I was saying is valid is the easy attitude of Slav, not all the pet stuff but the fact they allow the players to have their kids at the training etc, this as I said though is not news it was news last year when we were doing well and they were using it as an article about Slav creating a family atmosphere. Now it is valid because those players are too relaxed and in their comfort zone so perhaps that should be looked at ? Treating them like adults seems to have its limitations if the end no longer serves its purpose 🙂

  9. So the story starts with pets at the ground but they then remove it because it was bullsh1t,that leaves them with the kids line.What a non story load of crud.

  10. The media have and are still doing a proper job on us right now,be careful of what rubbish is being put out.It is a spill over from jealously, over the stadium deal.Unfortunately for us at the moment we have no comeback,because of what is happening on the pitch.I feel for Slav he’s getting it from all sides.COYI

  11. This is what the club told us after we ran the story

    A West Ham United spokesperson told ClaretandHugh “We categorically refute the claim that there are concerns with standards at the club’s training base Rush Green.”

    Slaven Bilic said, “I said at the beginning of the season, when we moved into our newly refurbished training ground, that I wanted to create an environment where players felt comfortable spending time there before and after training, and would be happy to bring their kids sometimes. I am completely content with the balance of hard work and the welcoming environment of Rush Green Training Ground.”

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