Former West Ham fan favourite criticises club's transfer business but backs Bilic

John Hartson -  Wales Forwards Coach (R)

West Ham United have failed to live up to high expectations this season.

Wales forward coach John Hartson during trainingJohn Hartson

Ex-Hammers striker John Hartson spoke exclusively to Sky Sports News, in an interview broadcast at 7:36 am on Thursday April 20th, and criticised his former club's summer recruitment, although he did offer words of support for West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian has found himself to be the target of heavy criticism this season, after guiding his side through what has been a tumultuous campaign thus far.

Much was expected of the Hammers this term, after their seventh placed finish last year, but they have regressed, after making a succession of dreadful summer signings.

And Hartson, who spent two years with West Ham, was highly critical of his former club's transfer business, when speaking to Sky Sports, but he did back his former teammate Slaven Bilic:

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

"I don't think the recruitment has been excellent, I think it could have been better. They spent £39 million I believe. But I like Slaven Bilic, I played with Slaven. I think he's doing a really good job under difficult circumstances this season. One or two things have gone against him, so I wouldn't be making any decision over Slaven. I would be leaving him where he is."

The East London outfit face a hugely important game against Everton on Saturday, and three points could all but secure their Premier League status for another season.

Then the real work will begin in the summer, and Bilic will be under a lot of pressure to make some astute signings in the transfer window, as he looks to right the wrongs of the past nine months.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

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