'Alarm bells were ringing' - Snodgrass tells Bilic story that will put frighteners up West Ham fans
By Aramide Oladipo
Robert Snodgrass has blasted West Ham manager Slaven Bilic for failing to get the best out of him last season and claimed that “alarm bells were ringing” from the start.
The 29-year-old recently completed a season long-loan move to Championship side Aston Villa in the transfer window following a disappointing spell in East London.
Although he has not featured for West Ham this season, Snodgrass was selected for the Scotland national team to face Lithuania and Malta in the World Cup qualifiers this upcoming week.
The midfielder moved to the London Stadium in January for £10.2million from Hull City but he failed to produce a single goal for the Hammers last season.
Speaking in an interview with the Times, Snodgrass delivered a damning assessment on Hammers boss Bilic and claimed that West Ham were not honest with him during his short spell.
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“I realised from the off that it wasn’t going to happen,” he said.
“I was coming on against Manchester City and he said, ‘Where do you want to play, on the left or right?’ I thought, ‘You’ve just signed me and I’ve played on the right or behind the striker at Hull City all season’.
“I found it very strange. That was my debut. And every time I played I was on the left. Alarm bells were ringing right away. I don’t know why he did it.
“When I did speak to him I said I thought he would have known I wasn’t a left midfielder and that he must have watched me after spending that money.
“His answer was basically that when people are confident, then they can play anywhere on the pitch.
“There were a lot of broken promises, a lot of dishonesty and I thought, ‘This is not what I am about’. I want to wear my heart on my sleeve and be loyal. What you see is what you get.”
Snodgrass’ criticism of Bilic’s tactical acumen and understanding of his strengths will put the frighteners up already concerned West Ham fans.
Bilic has endured an extremely difficult start to the new Premier League campaign as the Hammers have lost all of their opening matches, conceding a total of 10 goals in the process.
West Ham currently find themselves at the foot of the league table following their disappointing start.
The Hammers have only enjoyed a single victory during the new domestic season as they beat League Two side Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup last week.
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