Robert Snodgrass has hit out at under-fire West Ham boss Slaven Bilic claiming he didn’t know where to play him.
The Scottish winger, who joined Aston Villa on loan from West Ham last week, claims Bilic had no idea where to play him during games, and often picked him in the wrong position.
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The West Ham boss is under fierce pressure after the Hammers lost their first three games of the season and Sky Sports News understands the Croatian has held talks with co-owner David Sullivan about his future.
Sky sources understand Bilic will remain West Ham manager for the time being, but Snodgrass, who joined West Ham from Hull for £10.2m, has heaped even more pressure on the struggling Croatian.
Speaking on international duty with Scotland, who face Lithuania live on Sky Sports Football on Friday, he said: “I was coming on against City and he (Bilic) said ‘Where do you want to play, on the left or right?”
“I thought ‘You have just signed me and I have played on the right or behind the striker at Hull City all season’.
“That was my debut and alarm bells were ringing right away. I found it very strange and I realised from the off that it wasn’t going to happen.
“Every time I played I was on the left. I don’t know why he did it.
“I joined as Dimitri Payet left and maybe it was a case of ‘you can play there’.
“But I’d only filled in on the left on a couple of occasions. I hate that position but when you are Scottish you are brought up to play anywhere.
“It’s fine to play for one or two games but you need to play in your right position, especially on the back of scoring nine goals for Hull.
“At that stage, nobody had scored more goals for Hull or West Ham. 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.
“But when I eventually did speak to him I said I thought he would have known I wasn’t a left-midfielder and that he must have watched me after signing me for that type of money.
“His answer was basically that when people are confident they can play anywhere.”