'Simply not true' - Bilic sets the record straight over West Ham transfers
Slaven Bilic, in his first interview since being sacked by West Ham, has dismissed David Sullivan’s suggestion that he was to blame for all the bad signings.
In an interview with the Guardian, Sullivan stated that Bilic wanted to sign Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass, with the West Ham chairman suggesting that he masterminded the signings of Manuel Lanzini, Ashley Fletcher and Havard Nordtveit.
Fonte and Snodgrass both failed to impress at the Hammers, with the latter now on loan at Aston Villa.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bilic reflected on his time at the club and how he was doing since leaving; before addressing comments made by his former boss.
“To say all the good players were him, and the bad signings were me is kind of low,” he said.
“And it’s simply not true.”
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Sullivan did go on to share in his interview that Bilic was behind the signings of Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart, Javier Hernández and Pablo Zabaleta who could all still make a positive impact at the club.
However, Bilic was bemused at Sullivan taking credit for Lanzini and said he had known about the player a few years before his West Ham arrival, seeing him play at River Plate.
Bilic said that nobody really knew about Lanzini before he arrived in England, including Sullivan, although Bilic did say that no one person should take all the credit or the blame for transfers at West Ham.
West Ham, managed by David Moyes, are next in action on Saturday against Stoke City.
In other West Ham United news, David Sullivan has revealed how many players the club will sign in Janaury.