Cape Town - West
Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that he didn't enjoy the season
due to the amount of injury problems the club had to endure.
The Hammers clinched a respectable 11th-place finish in the Premier League thanks to a 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day, but it was an arduous journey for Bilic.
West Ham were hovering around the relegation zone in December last year and looked in danger of staying there, but they managed to climb back up the standings despite numerous injury problems.
“We know we had eight major surgeries and we had ten players who were out, each one of them, for a minimum of two-and-a-half months. This is scary. It is literally too much,” Bilic told the club's official website.
“Considering that and considering the move to the new stadium, which is definitely long-term the best thing this Club has ever done, it needs time to adjust to it.
“Considering all of it, we done well. It’s not a season to talk about, to hail it as one of the best seasons because it ain’t. Last year was, but there is something between great and bad and we’ve done it because we never lost belief. It’s permanent.
“The confidence was up and down and varied because of the results, but the belief was always there.
“It wasn’t enjoyable, put it that way, but individually and as a team I am sure we will benefit from this season a lot. It was a great experience and I expect us to benefit from it, large.”