West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has stated that he was desperate for things to work out under former Hammers manager Slaven Bilic – but the team ‘were all over the place’ towards the end of the Croat’s tenure.
The London Stadium faithful held high expectations for this season after a progressive summer in the transfer market, but the team stated slowly.
The West Ham hierarchy eventually ended Bilic’s spell as the club’s manager and have subsequently replaced the former Irons defender with David Moyes.
Performances and results have improved under the new boss, with the Hammers moving away from relegation danger and now looking to fire their way into the Premier League top half with three points against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Noble has admitted that he tried his best to help Bilic during his time at West Ham and hit back at claims that the side was not physically ready to compete.
“We were fit. Unless you are a terrible professional, you are fit. But there is a next level of Premier League fitness,” he told The Daily Mail.
“I watch a lot of football and you hardly ever see Premier League players go down with cramp. The fitness, the intensity of Premier League football is phenomenal.
“If eight of you are on it, you lose. You need all of you, every one of you, on it. If you are not, this manager will tell you.
“You’re right. We were all over the place. You know the feeling when you come off and you think, ‘I couldn’t even get close enough today to make a tackle’.
“The ball moves so quick in this league. When it comes naturally, it works, but when you have to take a touch and then think, it’s gone.”
West Ham are expected to sign a number of new players during the January transfer window and the feeling around the club is markedly more positive now than it was three months ago.