The Bilic verdict


BilicSlaven Bilic insisted this had not been “a very bad season” as the Irons went out with a heartening last day victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The manager said: “We wanted to finish positive and we deserved to beat them. It is always nice to win the last game and I’m really pleased for the guys.

“We thought we were going to do better (this season), we had so many obstacles, so many injuries, so many surgeries, eight, which is not usual.

“The move to the stadium, which is the best thing the club has ever done long-term, it took us a while to settle. You need time. it is very hard to get that Upton Park feeling but it is going to get better and better.

“Today we showed character. We finished 11th and are one point from being eighth. It is not a season to talk about, to hail it, but it is not a very bad season. I’m expecting it to be better next season, of course.

“The summer will be busy for every club. Today’s game showed we have a quantity of players and a squad. We were without eight players and still we had a good team out.

“We need a few players to improve our first team. Make no mistake our targets are also the targets for eight to 10 clubs in the Premier League.”

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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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  • spez64 says:

    What was the mystic talk on BBC about Slavs imminent future. One of these ‘watch this space’ comments. Am I missing something?

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Not sure Spez, the BBC seem to have a fascination with our club, they were saying we should be happy with 11th place as it is a good season, I listen to their comments about our club and others that they haven’t played for and wonder if they are living in cloud cuckoo land. I did hear Shearer mumble for him Andy Carroll’s goal was goal of the season.

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