West Ham broke their promises

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 30th August 2017

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 don't want to be part of it. I realised from the off that it wasn't going to happen.

"I was coming on against Manchester City and Bilic said, 'Where do you want to play, on the left or right?' I thought, 'You've just signed me and I've played on the right or behind the striker at Hull City all season'. 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 don't know why he did it. I came in as [Dimitri] Payet left but I'd 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 didn't 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 he'd have known I wasn't a left midfielder and that he must have watched me after signing me for that type of money. "That was the conversation. His answer was basically that, when people are confident, they can play anywhere.

"I've been at teams like Hull and Norwich and, when you're 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. They're always looking to try and invest and get the best.

"But, when you've got too many and lads aren't playing, it's not a good environment. I know myself that, when there is a manager who knows how to get the best out of you, then it's different - and that's 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 I'd done it at international level and Premier League and there was no way on earth I was staying to play cup games. I've got nothing to prove to anyone.

"West Ham can go about their business and I'll go about mine, which is playing football, enjoying myself and being a good person every day. That's why he didn't want me to leave. He knew I was good about the place and great with all the lads.

"But I need to play games - it's as simple as that."

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