“No, you’re an optimist, you have to be an optimist to be a West Ham fan and it’s a ploy.
“I think it’s a ploy just to get everyone at it and I think this weekend against Everton, they’re a good side, I think we’re gonna bury them.
“And then we’ve got Chelsea after that and we’ll give them a good kicking and all.
“So I think it’s upwards from now on, there’s nowhere else to go so we’re gonna go up from now on.”
On West Ham’s move to the London Stadium, he added: “Yeah, I mean, listen. I’m gutted we left Upton Park. I think to progress today, you have to have a big stadium If you wanna- you’ve gotta win as well but, um, and then people are moaning about the atmosphere of the stadium.
“But it’s, you know- hopefully they put in- and we’ve bought enough players, maybe they need time to gel? They better hurry up!”