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We were ill-prepared under Bilic, says Noble [video]


Filed: Friday, 10th August 2018
By: Staff Writer


Mark Noble has hit out at former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic and his backroom staff, accusing them of failing to ensure the squad was fully prepared for the start of last season.

The Croatian manager was fired just four months into the season with West Ham in deep relegation trouble following a dreadful start to the campaign.

And that, according to club captain Noble, writing in his new column for the Evening Standard, was solely due to the insufficient preparation provided by Bilic and his back room team.

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"I’m not going to blame anyone individually, that’s not my style, but the pre-season last year was nowhere good enough for a Premier League club," said Noble.

"The games we played, where we were based, were sub-standard. We looked around at other clubs playing top opposition, yet we were playing fourth division teams from Germany.

"In one game the goals didn’t even line up correctly; you couldn’t help thinking this is no way to prepare for a Premier League season - and I believe it showed."

However Noble has been delighted with the changes implemented by the current manager Manuel Pellegrini, who he maintained had been breath of fresh air. "We’re in good shape going into the season," he added.

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"The new manager, Manuel Pellegrini, is really calm. He doesn’t shout or holler but he knows what he wants and he gets it across in a different way. The pre-season organisation this summer has been different class too, so much better than last year.

"Everything has been fantastic; the hotels, training grounds and facilities. Everything has been done properly and for the past few seasons, since I was made captain, I have consistently said that the little things matter.

"If you’re going to spend £30million plus on players, then details do matter in how they’re treated, where they’re staying, details such as, for example, whether there is wi-fi in the hotel so the new players can speak to their families back in their home country.

"To the fans that doesn’t sound important but believe me, the players appreciate those little things."


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