Thursday 21 November 2019

West Ham assistant boss Dicks in foul-mouthed Twitter rant at fan

Assistant coach Julian Dicks watches on during the West Ham United fitness session taking place at their training camp
Assistant coach Julian Dicks watches on during the West Ham United fitness session taking place at their training camp

Jeremy Wilson

West Ham first-team coach Julian Dicks reacted bluntly yesterday morning on Twitter when a fan told him that the club should not have bothered participating in this season's Europa League.

Dicks, renowned as a player for his fearsome penalties and hard-man reputation, replied "why the f*** you having a go at me for?" when a fan, going by the name Dani Pinks, wrote to him: "Should of never entered Europa if not gonna take it serious. Ps teach maiga the offside rule, p*** poor."

West Ham were knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round on Thursday night, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.

It meant that West Ham's first European campaign since the 2006-07 season has finished before the domestic season has even started.

Dicks interacts frequently with supporters on Twitter - many of whom came to his defence yesterday morning - and was clearly also tired after pointing out that he had returned at 4.45am and only just woken up.

Manager Slaven Bilic made 11 changes from the side that started the first leg and, ahead of playing Arsenal in the Premier League tomorrow, has been criticised for his team selection in Romania.

Bilic watched from the stands after being sent off during the first leg, with Dicks, his former West Ham team-mate, delivering the tactical instructions from the sidelines.

Midfielder Kevin Nolan said: "The gaffer has shown in his selection the main priority is the Premier League and this year the main thing is to make sure we go to the Olympic Stadium in the Premier League.

"The statistics show it's difficult trying to rotate between Thursday and Sunday and who knows it might be a blessing in disguise? But going out is not what we wanted."

Meanwhile, Bilic said yesterday he hopeful of having striker Andy Carroll fit in three weeks' time.

Elsewhere, Everton striker Kevin Mirallas has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2018.

Mirallas had been linked with Tottenham and West Ham (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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