West Ham United fan Q&A: Slaven Bilic is out of his league

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

HITC Sport speaks to Brian Chapman, who has been a West Ham supporter for 42 years.

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Q: What have you made of your team’s season?

A: It's not been a great season in my opinion. After the last one we should have been pushing for another spot in the Europa League but in reality we've been nowhere near that. The league has definitely gotten harder though.

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: I think he's a bloke who loves the club, but might be out of his league as far as how good a manager he is. Got lucky last season, especially with Payet in the side. Without Payet he's been shown up.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: Need to put their money where their mouths are.

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: Adrian and Mark Noble. Both passionate about the team.

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: Paulo Di Canio.

Former West Ham United player Paolo Di Canio watches the game from the standsFormer West Ham United player Paolo Di Canio watches from the stands

Q: What has been your best memory of the club?

A: FA Cup win back in 1980. One of my earliest memories of the club.

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?

A: Defeat in the FA Cup final against Liverpool in 2006. We deserved to win that game. Beginning of the end of Alan Pardew too, who I liked.

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: The facade around Dimitri Payet in January. Money talks.

West Ham's Dimitri PayetWest Ham's Dimitri Payet

Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground

A: DI Canio's famous volley.

Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: Stamford Bridge (Chelsea).

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Millwall. 

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Best would be Robert Snodgrass or Ayew. Worst has to be Nordtveit.

West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action with Everton's Mason HolgateWest Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action with Everton's Mason Holgate

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for next season?

A: Sam Byram. Top young player.

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Ashley Fletcher and Martinez.

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in the summer?

A: We need a proven goalscorer and a better centre-half in my opinion. Along with someone who can add the spark that we've lost since Payet went back to France.

Q: Finally, what are your aims for next season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: Push for a high finish in the top half of the table. Maybe Europa League. Don't think we'll get there again with Bilic at the helm though.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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