Manager on Monday

Slaven Bilic says his team must be happy with their start to the season
Slaven Bilic said his players must be happy with the start they’ve made to their Premier League campaign.

After 12 games played, just under a third of the season, the Hammers have accumulated an impressive 21 points.

The manager said: “The international break has definitely come at a good time. I said to the boys, ‘Now, we have played a third of the season, we have to be happy with the way we are playing. We may have a few more points, maybe a few less, but we are in a good position.’”

“We place high expectations of ourselves, and we will keep that level of expectations high. This is the last international break for a long time; we face a difficult time with the winter coming.

“I told them to be proud so far and I expect them to come back hungry. We have a lot of games to do until the end of the season, we want to maintain this level but also improve, we now we can still improve.”

Looking ahead to the break in fixtures, the manager said he intends to maximise the time by scrutinising every aspect of his side.  

While some players will be away representing their countries, the manager will have the majority of his squad to work with.

He continued: “We are going to work on and examine every area, tactics, physical side, medical things everything to make sure we are as good as we can be.

“We have shown that in parts so far, but not consistent enough. We are going to win games, and we are going to lose games. But if we keep our focus we will be a very hard team to beat.”