West Ham probably endured their worst night so far since leaving Upton Park. London’s former Olympic Stadium is a venue which would suit big European nights perfectly, and West Ham had the chance to make sure that happened in the first season.
Unfortunately, West Ham saw themselves falter on the European stage once more, and went out to Astra Giurgiu. The fact that they lost the tie at home will particulary sting, and whilst it gives the club the chance to focus on other competitions, it’s hard to genuinely argue it’s a good thing.
Astra manager Marius Șumudică, who was recently suspended due to breaking betting regulations, appeared to aim a slight toward Slaven Bilic after the Europa League qualifier.
Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu quoted the manager as saying: “West Ham had a better team last year against us! There was Zarate, Payet… Now, another team! Bilic has his philosophy.”
Bilic can hardly do anything about the absence of Payet and perhaps he shouldn’t worry too much about Șumudică, he also said the suspension was making him behave “like women when they’re having their periods.”
Not the most professional guy with his words then, or, it seems, his actions.