Here's what Slaven Bilic had to say on West Ham's targets for rest of season

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss insists he does not have a league position in mind, but just wants to finish as high as possible.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club's website that he has not set any specific targets for the rest of the season, but that he is instead focusing on finishing as high in the league table as possible and entertaining fans.

The Irons are currently sixth in the Premier League after the 1-0 victory over Sunderland this weekend, just one point off a guaranteed Europa League spot and four points adrift of a place in next season's Champions League.

However, Bilic is keeping his feet on the ground despite a run of form which has seen his side lose just once in their last eight matches in all competitions.

The Croatian boss admitted he was optimistic about the club's chances of finishing in a lofty position, but insisted that he has not set a specific target, with his focus primarily on simply finishing as high possible whilst playing a brand of football which is easy on the eye.

Bilic told whufc.com: "We want to play entertaining football for the people to enjoy, and that should improve because we are improving. It should also get us high up the table, where? I don’t know.

"We try and win every game, no matter who we play. There’s a long way to go this season. OK, for now, 43 points we are in a good position. The only focus is to finish as high as possible. We don’t have any other goal than that, no specific target.

"Of course if you said at the start of the season we would be fifth, of course I would take it. But now we are here, we can relax we need to continue to fight every game because every game is tough, and there are a lot of teams near us."

The Hammers face a crucial run of fixtures over the next few weeks which sees them take on several of their top-half rivals, beginning with a home clash against London rivals and title challengers Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

They then face a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton next weekend, before an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

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