In a column he wrote for the Evening Standard, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has spoken about the club’s failed attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.
The two clubs are currently involved in a fierce battle after the Portuguese giants claimed that the Irons never made a bid for the 25-year-old international, and the east London outfit providing proof of those offers by releasing the emails they had sent.
While the club has been pretty vocal about the situation in the media Bilic preferred to not say too much on the subject or blame the board, although he was clearly disappointed not to get the player that he wanted before the transfer window slammed shut last week.
Bilic said: “There is much I could say but I don’t want to, not because I am afraid to have my say, but because that is not my style.”
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on their boss’ comments via social media, and they praised him for his “class” and said the board are “lucky” to have him.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Huge respect to Slav there
— Joseph J. Jones (@josephjjones) September 8, 2017
Agreed. Board are lucky they have a good man in charge. They don't deserve him. Just a shame that tactically he isn't good enough.
— Jack Webster (@1JackWebster) September 8, 2017
So he wanted to improve that position for some time tells me he wants more protection for his back four! Owners not giving him the tools.
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) September 8, 2017
With this board no good manager will want to come. Throughout this story, they have taken to the ass all
— jack hammer (@HammerMogn1) September 8, 2017
Bilić is pure class
— Squatting Slav ⚒ (@WorkersFC_) September 8, 2017
He always speaks well. Ever the professional so can never fault him for that! Fault him for many things but never how he speaks!
— Laura Nagle (@Laura_Emma_Hall) September 8, 2017
That's more or less him saying he was stabbed in the back, without actually saying it
— Paul greed (@paul_greed) September 8, 2017
— John Hunt (@john1664) September 8, 2017