Ever wish your boss would tell you not to take work home? Slaven Bilic did just that for West Ham’s leader.
With West Ham supporters beginning to turn on captain Mark Noble, his manager told fans to ease up on the midfielder.
“If I am really honest, a lot of people who now go to football don’t really understand the game,” Bilic said in his pre-match press conference ahead of West Ham’s match against Leicester City on Saturday.
He then confirmed Noble will miss the Leicester game with a dead leg, but even without the injury, he may have rested his captain anyways.
“He got a kick on his dead leg against Bournemouth – it’s quite painful and he needs a rest,” Bilic confirmed. “Did he need a break anyway? I spoke with him about that also.”
Finally, Bilic said the 29-year-old has given his life to the club, and that it might be starting to have adverse affects on his qualify of life, and thus his performance on the field. “He is the captain and is doing everything for the club. He never hides on the pitch, he always wants the ball. His is exactly what a captain should be but sometimes it is too much. Sometimes he takes it home and thinks about that – not only about him but about the club.”
“He is not available for Saturday and after that we have an international break. I left it to him, his decision to go somewhere for a week and come back strong as he was.”
Slaven Bilic: world’s best boss.