Smiling Slav’s FA Cup preference – the fans respond


bilicWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has declared that he’d sooner win the FA Cup than reach the top four.

And he reduced a recent press conference to helpless laughter when holding an imaginary FA Cup over his head to demonstrate the point.

He then declared this was infinitely preferable to looking at a magazine and trying to find out where the team stood in its Champions League group repeating over and over to a keen journalist: “FA Cup!” even shrugging off the “Oh come on Slav” with the same response.

It was a genuinely hilarious moment and members of the ClaretandHugh Facebook forum at have been responding to Slav’s New Irons approach and his honest and direct approach.

Here’s some of their responses.

Love him, incredible man

O This man is making us everyone’s second team again!
O It’s that enthusiasm -you can see the joy of winning his imaginary cup, all over his face-love him! COYI!
O Slav’s a Superman X
O He’s a hero
O He deffo gets what a football fan wants this guy

O While Sam is still shaking his head wondering why we don’t love him. Slav has one thing 25 statisticians can’t buy. He understands this club and is fans. Simples

O You can see real relish in Slavs face thinking about winning the FA Cup 

O Yes I’d enjoy a pint with him seems a real genuine nice guy

O We are Super Slaven’s Claret and Blue Army. I can see why he was lifted high and carried out in farewell from his last club. And I don’t believe it’s one way. He loves us too.

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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!"

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  • bubs says:

    That smile reaches every fan in our club and it’s contagious,
    Another week another smile,
    We can do both top 4 and cup at the moment we have one of the strongest squads in the league,

  • The Demon says:

    Anyone who thinks that coming fourth is an outcome worth having should talk to a few Gooners. They’ve been doing it for years and look how miserable they are! Slav’s spot on – a trophy is a tangible thing, a place is just bull****, like a bronze medal. Luckily, with so many clubs hedging their bets against lower opposition and coming unstuck, we may have got the balance right. All we need is to dodge the other Prem teams in the Fourth Round draw and we could really do it.

  • johnboy says:

    The man just oozes class and character .
    Then I look at lawro ? And see nothing but a penis !

  • bubs says:

    A penis who thinks Alska is a country and we were going to loose 2-0 to Wolves,
    I think the Gooners won a cup as well ?
    I think I could feel that miserable for 10 years playing teams like Barca watching the best in the world play at our ground, and bronzes is such a better thing then wood,
    We don’t need to dodge anyone we could draw Liverpoor away if they can get a lucky victory then the Gooners away EASY 2-0 ,then Man City away not so easy but just another victory,then Chelski at home scrape through
    Halo Wembley Sunderland in the final Opps not possible
    Halo Wembley Watford revenge 3-0 You heard it here first,
    Who wants easy victories only the lonely

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