By Guy Giles
An astonishing report has claimed that sacked West Ham boss Slaven Bilic phoned up his players to ask where he went wrong, with many telling him that he was not hard enough on his squad.
The Mirror claim that Bilic personally phoned up his former players in the aftermath of his sacking on Monday, with some confirming that the Croatian was too soft with many of his squad.
The main issue that the players had was Bilic’s soft approach to time-keeping, with players who turned up late to training going unpunished.
In many cases Bilic is said to have allowed players to avoid clearly-defined club fines, a move that did not go down well with many squad members.
It is reported that some players used to turn up on the training pitch after the beginning of a session, with no consequences handed out for their actions.
Further concerns emerged about the quality and intensity of Bilic’s training sessions themselves.
While Bilic was obviously well liked among his team, it seems that the Croatian’s soft approach to discipline took its toll on those who were committed to the club.
And these are now issues for new manager David Moyes as he looks to turn the club’s fortunes around, and the Scot will seemingly have to whip his squad into shape if he is to do that.
Moyes is well-known for his fitness demands, as confirmed by Leon Osman who played under Moyes for 11 years at Everton.
In other West Ham news, club chief David Sullivan has made this claim about new manager David Moyes.