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Slav smiles again as Harry pours out the praise

west_ham_manager_slaven_bilic_celebrates_after_the_match_with_th_157553How good it was to see Slaven smiling and gagging around again yesterday afternoon.

How excellent to hear Mark Noble – who usually has the talent to say all the right things – explaining that the players were all 100 per cent behind the boss.

And whatever you may think of Harry Redknapp, the exchange between Slaven and the former manager on TV afterwards was really quite exceptional.

Harry has always worn his heart on his sleeve and the man whom he brought to the club who now has followed him into the manager’s chair is clearly another who puts it all out there.

It was a real Hammers family moment when after hearing Harry congratulate him on how he had set the team up, Slav responded by saying: “Thanks boss (boss, after all these years!) I learned it off you!”

Okay, maye this all sounds a bit soft but you know what? I really don’t care. We owe Harry for bringing us this guy who fell in love with the Hammers at first sight.

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There have been many murmurings among some that maybe Slav couldn’t turn things round. I must admit I started to have my own doubts but everything we wanted and more was on show yesterday.

It was a courageous managerial move to go to three at the back with Kouyate  – out of form so far this season – one of them. It worked perfectly and that’s what Redknapp was referring to.

At last we can start looking forward with some confidence having seen the team transformed in a brilliant first 45 minutes and as gutsy as you will ever see them in the second.

What was that about Slav losing the dressing room? I don’t think so. He looks like a man who is at West Ham for the long haul…thank God!

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

16 comments on “Slav smiles again as Harry pours out the praise

  1. It’s a bit premature to be talking like that Hugh. Yeah we did beat palace yesterday but they was not at there best.
    You can see Slav had got the dressing room but still a way to go till we realise we are out of the muck. We need to win our next two home fixtures in the prem. Sunderland and Stoke. There having a bad season and if we can’t beat them at home then we need to worry.

    • It’s a personal one lads and I think the gist is it’s good to see him happy and smiling. and I believe we will be fine so have no issue saying so. Take your points but that at the end of a run of results like that to change the system completely and come uo with an away win gives big ause for optimisim in my book.

  2. A bit too early to be singing from the rafters . Two wins in eight games isn’t exactly top six form . Yes , it was a tactical change , but one the fans had been yelling for . Let’s see how we perform in our next two home games before we start celebrating too much . Palace missed a penalty don’t forget !. I’ve seen a lot of bubbles burst in my years supporting the Hammers and I’m inclined to hold back my feelings of fortune for the moment .
    We still need to perform at home . If we manage that , even by only playing well , then we can start to be more optimistic .
    COYHammers .

  3. Step in the right direction but bubbles are still there.

  4. Can you two not just enjoy us winning for one day before looking for the next potential banana skin. lmao

  5. I’ve no problem with Hugh going a little OTT here. As someone who has been Critical of some of the more negative stories posted over recent weeks, I’d much rather read a positive post like this. We won away, kept a clean sheet and Slav did change the system to counter a lump of a centre forward, and it worked very well. As a result I’ve enjoyed my Sunday for the first time in a long while, and so why not bask in it? Good job Slav and the boys. COYI.

  6. Why do some people always look for the negatives in everything? For the 1st time this season i watched motd. It was only after Cresswell was sent off that Palace had any hold on the game. If we play with the passion we did yest we will be ok.
    i think most of the time old sourpuss is full of **** so I was surprised to see him so worked up over the sending off & he seemed to be pleased that it didn’t ruin our evening.

  7. It was our best performance of the season, in fact it has been our first proper performance of the season, I am more than happy to share in Hugh’s enthusiasm I was feeling pretty tip top afterwards and still am great work Slav keep working the players hard and you will keep getting the performances COYI !!!

  8. Some fans just cant enjoy a win.They have to go seeking a negative as well.
    The amount of times i have read fans slagging off Zaza today is unbelievable.Why not just enjoy the win for a day or two.It does my nut in.
    All we have read for weeks is negatives then we have a good win away & instead of enjoying it some are already planning for defeats against Sunderland or Stoke lool

  9. I expect celebrating the win officially ends at midnight for a few fans.Monday to Friday is back to moaning about the LS hehe

  10. I see Charlie Austin got 2 for Southampton on the weekend.Makes the owners reasoning for not buying him “unsound”.From memory bubs was always on about Redmond,Wilson & Austin.Look what we ended up with. A “Zaza”.I am always willing to be proven wrong if the club benefits from it.

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