Julian Dicks has been biting his lip for long enough and has broken his finally broken his silence over Slaven Bilic’s bad times.
The Terminator has obviously mellowed a bit with age but has finally hinted big time at his feelings when Slav was under the cosh and Payet was causing massive behind the scenes problems.
He said: “To be a manager is a difficult position to be in because when things are going well, the players get the credit but, when things are going wrong, the manager gets the stick.
“I’ve known Slav a long, long time and sometimes you have to bite your lip when people are saying things about you when they don’t know the reasons why.
“We talked and discussed the reasons why he had to make [the Payet situation] public, and one of those was for him, and the other was for the sake of the other players as well.
“When it came out about Dimi, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you disrespect the Club, the fans are not going to like it. That’s the way it is. A few players have done it and I’m sure there will be a few more in the future.
“The fans are fantastic and it was nice to hear them singing Slav’s name, not just once or twice but for the whole 90 minutes. It must give him a buzz, as well.”