West Ham's Slaven Bilic leads Premier League sack race

Snodgrass refused to go into other specifics why West Ham turned sour for his career.

It brought to an end an unhappy few months in east London, and Snodgrass believes he was up against it from day one.

"After the game against Southampton, we lost the game, we still had zero points but I was still very, very positive with the way we played, with the way we reacted after we were left with ten men". That was my debut. And every time I played I was on the left.

"I don't know why he did it". I realised from the off that it wasn't going to happen.

"I spoke to the manager and said to him, "You wanted me to try and replace Payet, it's not my position".

Snodgrass missed an entire season in 2014/15 with a serious knee injury and it is understandable he would not want to effectively waste another campaign.

West Ham will face league games against Huddersfield Town, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at home in September, while a trip to face West Bromwich Albion is also scheduled.

The player himself has put himself in a tough position now because if he doesn't perform when he eventually gets back out wide to the right or in the middle, then he will be seen as "past it" and Villa probably won't take up the option to buy.

A difference of about 70 yards has mushroomed into over 130 miles for Robert Snodgrass, not to mention a whole new league.

However, the lack of financial backing from owner Mike Ashley this summer has shown Benitez he can no longer do that and that promises have been broken. I asked Gordon Strachan for some advice, and told him I didn't want to disrupt his plans.

"Match fitness, you need that, and I have not had any games, just pre-season ones", he said.

He added: "I enjoyed every second at West Ham with the lads and the staff".

"Mind you, it's hard because I just got my kids into school in London and then had to move".

"But I've had about one hour at Aston Villa".

"His experience is first class and by all accounts he is a really good guy".

Snodgrass said: "The boss knows me". "You need to play games and get back to the level you were showing in the first part of the season in the Premier League". He said: "Well you're not playing games and you can't be happy not playing games". "With this worldwide break, we will need to sort this out".

Vanessa Coleman

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