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Bilic's 'fight had gone', says Sullivan

Filed: Wednesday, 8th November 2017
By: Staff Writer

David Sullivan has defended his decision to break a policy of not firing managers during the season by insisting that Slaven Bilic had lost interest in his job and was exhausted.

Bilic was officially fired by Sullivan's fellow Board member Karren Brady on Monday morning, eight months shy of the end of his three-year contract that the club had made quite clear they had no interest in renewing.

And Sullivan, responding in the wake of heavy criticism from West Ham supporters over the club's perceived indecision regarding the Croat's position insisted that he was left with no choice but to dismiss Bilic due to his laissez faire attitude.

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"Slaven is a good man, but he needs a rest to recharge," Sullivan told The Sun's Neil Ashton."We had to make a change. His eyes had gone - and the fight had gone.

"When I told him, it was almost a relief. It had run its course. He wants to be liked, but we need to win football matches. I probably should have made the change in the summer, but we decided to wait. Slaven is worn out."

Addressing criticism regarding the Board's decision to refuse Bilic permission to sign William Carvalho from Sporting during the transfer window, Sullivan claimed that the 49-year-old had already been sufficiently backed during the summer.

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"I donít veto signings unless we cannot afford them," he added. "We have spent big money on players the manager wanted. We paid £20million for Andre Ayew, £20m for Arnautovic. This is huge money, then we have to pay their wages.

"We brought in Simone Zaza and he could not score a goal. Heís gone to Valencia and now heís one of the leading scorers in the league."

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