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West Ham broke their promises

Filed: Wednesday, 30th August 2017
By: Staff Writer

Robert Snodgrass has continued to put the boot into his parent club just days after securing a season-long loan move to Aston Villa.

The Scottish international, signed by West Ham back in January for £10million joined the Championship club last week after being made surplus to requirements by Slaven Bilic - since when you could be forgiven for thinking he's done little else bar slate his employers.

In his latest broadside, Snodgrass attacked the club - and manager Slaven Bilic - for what he perceived to be a lack of loyalty and honesty. "There were a lot of broken promises, a lot of dishonesty and I thought this is not what I am about," he told The Scotsman.

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"I want to wear my heart on my sleeve and be loyal. What you see is what you get. Sometimes, if that is not the other way, then I donít want to be part of it. I realised from the off that it wasnít going to happen.

"I was coming on against Manchester City and Bilic said, ĎWhere do you want to play, on the left or right?í I thought, ĎYouíve just signed me and Iíve played on the right or behind the striker at Hull City all seasoní. I found it very strange.

"That was my debut. And every time I played I was on the left. Alarm bells were ringing right away. I donít know why he did it. I came in as [Dimitri] Payet left but Iíd only filled in on the left a couple of times. I hate that position."

Snodgrass also revealed that he eventually took the opportunity to speak with Bilic about his issues - but insisted that his concerns were ignored. "The manager was under a lot of pressure and I later said that, out of respect, I didnít want to go in and see him during that period," he added.

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"When I did speak to him, I said I thought heíd have known I wasnít a left midfielder and that he must have watched me after signing me for that type of money. ďThat was the conversation. His answer was basically that, when people are confident, they can play anywhere.

"Iíve been at teams like Hull and Norwich and, when youíre signed for big money, they need to play you to get value. But West Ham are signing lads on double and treble what I signed for. Theyíre always looking to try and invest and get the best.

"But, when youíve got too many and lads arenít playing, itís not a good environment. I know myself that, when there is a manager who knows how to get the best out of you, then itís different Ė and thatís why I chose Villa. I wanted to work with Steve Bruce again.

" Bilic wanted me to play cup games to try and impress, but I said Iíd done it at international level and Premier League and there was no way on earth I was staying to play cup games. Iíve got nothing to prove to anyone.

"West Ham can go about their business and Iíll go about mine, which is playing football, enjoying myself and being a good person every day. Thatís why he didnít want me to leave. He knew I was good about the place and great with all the lads.

"But I need to play games Ė itís as simple as that."

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