‘It wasn’t enjoyable’ - Slaven Bilic delivers verdict on West Ham season
By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that he hasn’t enjoyed his second season in charge of the East London club.
The Hammers picked up a victory on the final day of the season as they defeated Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
West Ham came back from a goal down to take all three points thanks to goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew.
The victory meant that the Hammers finished the Premier League season in 11th position.
Speaking to the official club website after the game, Bilic revealed that it’s not been the greatest of seasons but he admits that he is proud of his side and he believes that it’s been a learning experience.
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“We know we had eight major surgeries and we had ten players who were out, each one of them, for a minimum of two-and-a-half months. This is scary. It is literally too much,” he said.
“Considering that and considering the move to the new stadium, which is definitely long-term the best thing this Club has ever done, it needs time to adjust to it.
“Considering all of it, we done well. It’s not a season to talk about, to hail it as one of the best seasons because it ain’t. Last year was, but there is something between great and bad and we’ve done it because never lost belief. It’s permanent.
“The confidence was up and down and varied because of the results, but the belief was always there.
“It wasn’t enjoyable, put it that way, but individually and as a team I am sure we will benefit from this season a lot. It was a great experience and I expect us to benefit from it, large.”
West Ham enjoyed a much better Premier League campaign last season as they managed to secure a place in the Europa League by finishing in seventh place – West Ham’s joint second highest Premier League finish.
The season started off badly for the Hammers as they were dumped out of the European competition in the qualifying stage and they only managed to win one of their opening seven Premier League matches.
West Ham confirmed safety after beating Tottenham 1-0 in the first derby between the two sides at the new London Stadium at the beginning of May.
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