West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic bemoans "disastrous result"


"I'm trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he's my coach", Hart said.

"Gareth thinks West Ham is the right place for me to be. I've taken the latter".

When asked about the positive signings made by West Ham this summer, Bilic quickly turned back to Sunday's loss.

"I will eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes and new managers and new opinions, that's football, I just have to take it on the chin". I couldn't be any more grateful for the opportunity they've given me. "I get hit in the face a lot and this is the first time it actually marked me".

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One impressed fan said: "Proud of you today Declan as I am sure many Hammers are today". Plenty of people have been in my situation and you've got two choices: moan about it and make smart comments, or just get on with it. It is a fitting visual metaphor for a player looking to take the Premier League by storm for a second time in his career, bruised but unbowed after his cold war with Pep Guardiola. "I am not thinking long term".

"That's something I will take to the grave", he added.

The 18-year-old plays mainly as a centre-back but looked composed at the heart of the Hammers' midfield despite the thrashing. I'm grateful to them as a football club. "It was what Sinisa Mihajlovic wanted [at Torino] a year ago and I felt like I could do what he asked me to, and at the moment I feel capable of doing what Slaven is asking me to do". He remained Southgate's first choice last season despite the upheaval he had undergone; one imagines it would take a severe downturn for Jack Butland, Fraser Forster or Tom Heaton - whose performances for Burnley last season he describes as "a miracle" - to dislodge him and he hopes a place at Russian Federation 2018 will be a natural outcome of domestic success.

"I'm here to win games, to try to improve and to try to help". Working hard isn't a problem for me. But luckily that's who I am, it's what I love doing. The Premier League is very demanding for physical intensity. "We're looking to set ourselves up for that fourth game, to be in a good position to really enjoy our first home game".