West Ham boss Slaven Bilic remains motivated despite ongoing speculation
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 6:48
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has acknowledged that he will ultimately pay the price should his side not turn around their awful form.
Before the end of the season West Ham have several tough matches, with games against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool notably amongst their remaining fixtures.
"I think people realise, from an individual point of view, I had to look elsewhere and then offers came in and I had the chance not only to get that security, but to play for a club the size of West Ham". "What do you want me to say?"
Bilic wouldn't be drawn right into a conversation about his future, saying: "Even in that great interval, when reporters were talking of a fresh contract, I said we weren't concluded and there were plenty of matches to play".
"I was very satisfied [at half-time]". I'm doing my job. West Ham, in their attack line, have very good players and we 've prepared for the game by focusing on our squad.
"He is also a smart guy who knows how to read the games".
"We are in a position where we can have a good finish to the season". They are next in action on Wednesday when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Huddlestone's subsequent three-game suspension is a problem that has to be solved considering the midfielder has started every Premier League fixture of the season and it is exactly the area I would have expected Bilic to exploit successfully if his side had been a bit closer to full strength.
"First and foremost - it was an important victory for us".
Hull City seem to be moving in the opposite direction to the Hammers.
Despite so much promise, West Ham have endured a very hard campaign this term and following the 2-1 defeat against Hull City on the weekend, the Hammers are now in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle. I listened to the opinions of other managers, but it's the decision and we don't have Tom for the next three games and have to find solutions.
"West Ham appears to be a side lacking and leaking goals and with players continually unfit for large chunks of the season".
Stephenson, who made 108 appearances for West Ham between 1968 and 1972, continued: "I see the Hammers slipping down the Premier League table week after week".
Hull skipper Curtis Davies misjudged his headed clearance from Aaron Cresswell's excellent cross and, as the ball dropped invitingly for Carroll six yards out, the big number nine kept his composure to side-foot home on the volley for his 50th Premier League goal and seventh of the season.