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Published: 12:19 | 29/9/16

Bilic defends team night out


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed Monday's team night out was his idea.

The club are looking into claims that Andy Carroll and Darren Randolph got drunk during the sanctioned night out with the players photographed in McDonalds early on Tuesday morning.

The pair were accused of being drunk in pictures that were posted on social media on Tuesday with Carroll interacting with fans throughout the day.

Bilic admits he suggested the night out in a bid to improve team moral after five defeats in their opening six matches.

"It was completely my idea. After the Southampton game we had a big meeting and spoke and at the end of the meeting I told Mark (Noble) the skipper to take the guys out to dinner, to spend time together which is always good," Bilic told reporters.

“I've been there before, it's definitely a good idea and good to do it. If you are asking, it was completely my idea and I told them to do that.

“For me it's a good thing, not every week but in a great situation or a bad situation it's good to stick together and it’s a good thing to do. It's good for team building and that's it.

"After that night we had a day off. Training yesterday was really good, but training last week was really good without bonding. I have been saying we now have to produce it in games.”

Bilic's future has been called into question as a result of the poor start to the season, but he is confident they can turn things around and believes one win will make all the difference.

“I am concerned. If we are talking about the last five Premier League games it's simply not the way we expected it to be, it's definitely not good and that's why the only thing we are thinking about is the game on Saturday against Middlesbrough," he said.

“With one win we can build everything back and we have a good chance at home. We are a team that is alive, the players are good together, they train, they listen, we talk about it a lot.

"But we need to do it in a game and not for half an hour, or an hour, or when we are one down or four down. But we have to do it for 90 minutes.”

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