Robert Snodgrass has delivered a devastating assessment of his time at West Ham and how he couldn’t wait to get out of the London Stadium.
And he claims his entire problem at the club centred on Slaven Bilic’s determination to play him out of position.
Speaking to Aston Villa media officials following his loan move he said: “I think last season my quality was scoring goals and creating goals and I did that in the first part of the season (at Hull),”
“I went to West Ham and I had a manager that played me out of position. To be honest with you it was very tough to take. Sometimes, with the way you’ve been brought up, you try to just put your heart on your sleeve and play anywhere.
“To get the best out of any player you need to play him in his best position, it’s as simple as that. I’ve done it my full career,” he said. I’ve scored goals, created goals everywhere I’ve been.
“You need to play your right position and this is the reason why I made the step to try and go and play football.
“I spoke to the manager there (West Ham) and said to him, ‘You wanted me to try and replace Payet, it’s not my position’.
“I couldn’t have made that any more clear. When I spoke to him this season I said ‘I need to play my position, I need a run of games in my position’. This is the reason why I’ve come here.
“I’ve got a manager (Steve Bruce) who knows what I’m about. He’s signed me for a lot of money at Hull. To get the best out of any player you need to play them in their right position, it’s as simple as that.”
“I just get a smile on my face talking about it,” he said. “It’s a terrific club with a great set of fans. I haven’t enjoyed not knowing what’s happening (at West Ham). “Nobody’s spoken to me at West Ham really and it’s a weird feeling.
“I’ve always had a Bristish-based manager who has talked to me and had a good relationship with, so to have that feeling back is a good feeling.
“I can’t wait. I’ve got that feeling knowing what the Championship’s all about, knowing you’re coming here with some terrific players.”