Bilic explains why he's not about to set a target at West Ham

West Ham Tube Sign

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says he's not about to set a target for the club next season.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic told the club’s website why he feels he can’t set goals having been appointed as manager.

Bilic was unveiled as the club’s new boss last week and he’s urged all fans to remember what happened four years ago, when the club was relegated from the top flight of the game.

He’s stressed that hard work is going to be the key moving forward, but he’s played down expectations, which are too difficult for him to judge at this stage.

“To be fair, we should not forget that only four years ago we were relegated, so we should get stability. I can’t set the standard or the goals now that we want to finish fifth, seventh, eighth or whatever,” he said.

“The fact is that we are going to work hard and I’m sure we are going to improve.”

It’s difficult for Bilic to judge expectations for next season because we are still only just into the summer.

The transfer rumours are already flying around, but Bilic can’t predict a realistic aim for next season until he’s been given more time and cash to improve his squad in the transfer market.

Things will start to take shape when the summer transfer window opens on July 1 and when the squad reports back for pre-season training.

However, it’s important that the club stays realistic with any goal Bilic decides to set in the future.

It would be naïve of him to say right now that the club will finish in the top six because of the obvious difficulty for the club achieving a better finish than the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

There’s no harm in getting excited about the future under Bilic, but Hammers everywhere need to stay reasonable with expectations.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch