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What Slaven Bilic did to West Ham's players after losing 4-1 to Liverpool

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West Ham fans are all fearing the worst for their club following Slaven Bilic's sacking and David Moyes' arrival earlier this week.

Change was most certainly needed given the Hammers currently sit 18th in the Premier League, but their new manager doesn't inspire much confidence.

Since leaving Everton in 2013, Moyes has been sacked at Manchester United and Real Sociedad, and suffered relegation with Sunderland in May.

It remains to be seen whether the Scot can save his new employers, but there's no doubting the odds are stacked against him.

West Ham have been in decline for the best part of two years now, which makes it easy to forget that Bilic actually made a positive start as manager in 2015.

In a record-breaking first season at the club, which started with a 2-0 win away to Arsenal, Bilic guided the Hammers to seventh in the Premier League.

And in the Croatian's second year in charge, during which West Ham were playing at their new home, London Stadium, they finished 11th.

Things quickly turned sour this season, though, and when Liverpool beat the Hammers 4-1 last weekend, the club's board decided enough was enough.

Various reports have since detailed how Bilic contacted his players after being sacked to ask where it all went wrong. He was told he was too soft.

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According to the Mirror, Bilic didn't punish players for being late and his training sessions weren't up to scratch.

Being told he wasn't tough enough must have been hard to take for Bilic, but the Telegraph's latest update has gone some way to prove that was the case.

Following the Liverpool defeat last Saturday, where West Ham's players were dreadful, Bilic should have punished them for their performances.

Instead, he gave them all the following day off, which infuriated the club's board and gave them no choice but to sack him.

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Perhaps this was Bilic's biggest downfall as manager at London Stadium: when his players played badly - which has been most weeks this season - he was too nice.

West Ham chairman David Gold hopes Moyes will rectify that after urging the club's fans to get behind their new manager as he looks to make big changes.

"Hello all West Ham fans," said Gold on Twitter. "The board have made their decision to appoint David Moyes as the new manager.

"Can I ask you to get behind him and the team to help push us up the table to safety. Together I believe we can achieve our dreams."

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