Slaven Bilic issues message to West Ham United fans

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Slaven Bilic has defended West Ham United supporters, after they were criticised by Sam Allardyce.

Slaven Bilic has told West Ham United's official website that he is been grateful for the support that the club's fans have given him so far.

West Ham supporters have been at the centre of the media's attention this week, after former manager Sam Allardyce made some disparaging remarks about them in the Guardian.

However, Bilic insists that they have been nothing but positive with him since he took charge - and he feels that there is a lot of optimism around Upton Park at the moment. 

"As a West Ham player and West Ham manager the fans always want us to play good football," he said. "They were always clapping when we did well and really got behind us. We went through a bad run in 1996/97 and got some stick but that is the same from all fans.

"Now I feel that they are really behind us, they are really with us. We feel them home and away, they are great fans, of course."

Hammers fans were never truly united behind Allardyce when he was in charge, with concerns regularly aired over his preferred playing style.

However, Bilic has been hugely impressive so far and the entire Hammers fan base appears to be backing him. 

The Croatian has guided West Ham to wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City already this term, and the side's attacking play has caught the eye and earned plenty of plaudits.

The Hammers are next in action over the weekend against Crystal Palace, and a win could take them up to second place in the Premier League table. 

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