Cape Town - West
Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that he didn't enjoy the season
due to the amount of injury problems the club had to endure.
The Hammers clinched a respectable 11th-place finish in the Premier
League thanks to a 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day, but it was an
arduous journey for Bilic.
West Ham were hovering around the relegation zone in December last
year and looked in danger of staying there, but they managed to climb
back up the standings despite numerous injury problems.
“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,” Bilic told the club's official
“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 we 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.”