Don't mess with West Ham boss: Amalfitano leaves after bust up
PUBLISHED: 11:13 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:13 07 October 2015
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It seems it is my way or the highway for Slaven Bilic as French midfielder is sent packing
It would seem that you cross manager Slaven Bilic at your peril after France midfielder Morgan Amalfitano was released by the club this week, writes Dave Evans.
The statement said ‘by mutual consent’, but there was little chance of mutual respect after Amalfitano was left in the wilderness at Upton Park after a clash with the new boss.
The 30-year-old only signed a new two-year deal at the club last season, but it seemed that his heart wasn’t in it from the moment he turned up for pre-season training.
Looking disinterested for much of the Europa League campaign, it seemed as if he felt it was a little beneath him to play with the club’s youngsters.
Alamfitano then missed a team meeting at the Chadwell Heath training ground and after talking to the player, Bilic dropped him from the first-team squad and banished him to training with the kids.
As West Ham were celebrating their momentous opening-day win at Arsenal, this reporter saw Amalfitano on the tube with his wife and children looking the picture of misery after a shopping trip.
“The news is out that I have disciplined Morgan for a breach of rules” said Bilic at the time.
“First and foremost my job is to protect the whole team, myself, the staff and the players.
“If I see anything or anyone threatening to harm the atmosphere and transgress those rules then it has to be stopped.”
And that was it for Amalfitano, who was never seen again in the West Ham squad, suggesting that it is Bilic’s way or the highway.
Amalfitano had his moments for the club, making a total of 32 appearances and scoring three goals, all vital ones.
He scored in last season’s superb home wins over Liverpool and Manchester City as well as notching in the victory over Hull City.
But his ridiculous sending-off at former club West Brom in the FA Cup drubbing last season did not endear him to anyone and it seems to have been a slippery slope for the midfielder ever since.