‘Players are behind Bilic’ says Carroll
Andy Carroll insists he and the rest of his West Ham teammates are all behind under-fire manager Slaven Bilic.
The 28-year-old made his first appearance of the season during his side’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town and impressed in the 82 minutes he played, imposing his physical presence on Mathias Jorgensen and Christopher Schindler.
Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew bagged the goals for the Hammers in the closing 20 minutes of the second half as they picked up their first victory of the new season.
Bilic admitted after the game he feared he would be dealt the same fate as Frank de Boer, who lost his job at Crystal Palace on Monday morning, but Carroll’s gave a public show of faith in the Croatian with his comments.
He said: "It's been tough but the lads are behind the manager. We went out there and fought and we got the two goals.
"It's been a tough road for us but we played our hearts out and got the three points."
Carroll has struggled with injuries throughout his time as a West Ham player but is hoping his hard work throughout the summer will pay off with an extended run in the team.
"It's nice to be back on the pitch," he added. "It's been a long time over the summer. I've been working hard in training and it's paid off. I'm feeling good.
"It's been tough but I've worked hard and now I'm back. Hopefully all the misery is behind me."
Their difficult start to the season showed signs of a fracturing relationship between Bilic and co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who claimed the 49-year-old turned down the opportunity to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak in favour of an unsuccessful bid for William Carvalho.
In response, Bilic said bluntly "he likes to talk", with it remaining to be seen just how long he remains in charge at the London Stadium, despite Gold and Sullivan having a reputation for not sacking managers.