Seag­ulls fly­ing high as pres­sure mounts on Bilic

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Slaven Bilic is ready to splash out £200,000 (€224,000) to im­prove West Ham’s per­for­mances — by get­ting the area around the London Sta­dium pitch painted claret.

“One idea we have had is to change the colour of a large part of the sur­round­ing area which frames the pitch,” Bilic says, in his

col­umn.

He has taken the idea from Paris Saint-ger­main, where the perime­ter area is blue.

Like London Sta­dium, the Parc des Princes dwarves PSG’S play­ing sur­face, but Bilic be­lieves the darker sur­rounds helps play­ers’ per­spec­tive.

“Let me ex­plain it like this,” Bilic says. “It is im­pos­si­ble to bring the crowd closer but we can im­prove things by chang­ing the per­spec­tive.

“Imag­ine you are a player, you are run­ning back to de­fend or you are join­ing the at­tack - you look up and it is not easy, be­cause ev­ery­thing is green ahead of you, to ap­pre­ci­ate ex­actly where is the end of the pitch and that can psy­cho­log­i­cally af­fect your will­ing­ness to do it.” Larry Ryan

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