Bilic explains what he doesn't like about West Ham's pre-season

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic wants to deal with an issue which has developed in the club's pre-season.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told the club’s official website what he doesn’t like about the club’s pre-season plans.

The Hammers are in full swing as they prepare for the return of the Premier League and have already played their first competitive game of the season, registering a win against FC Lusitans in a Europa League qualifier last week.

Bilic is pleased with the general progress the squad is making, but has commented on an area he’s looking to change sooner rather than later.

“The only thing I don't like is that we basically have two teams but that will change after the second leg in Andorra. We will then have one group,” he told

“It is crucial to have this time together and if you can have a good pre-season you can achieve better results. For me as a new manager you need time for the players to understand your principles and your philosophy.”

Why do West Ham have two teams?

The Hammers effectively have two teams because Bilic was never going to allow the club to put forward their strongest team for the Europa League qualifying games.

The team which played last Thursday and the team than plays in the second leg away in Andorra is likely to be markedly different to the side which starts the first Premier League game against Arsenal.

Therefore, it’s very difficult for Bilic because he has to work with one group of players, getting them to focus on the new season and another, getting them to focus on ensuring that the Hammers qualify to play in Europe.

Merging all parties into having just one group of players preparing together means Bilic doesn’t have to send out different messages, which increases the likelihood that all of his players will be able to buy into his philosophy much quicker.

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