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West Ham boss Bilic: Of course I'm not smiling!

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists the job isn't getting to him.

Bilic wrote for the London Evening Standard: "I have been told that I looked very 'down' in interviews after the defeat by Southampton. Well, yes, I was 'down' but how am I supposed to be?

"I don't think there is a problem if a manager is like that after his team have lost, especially four times in a row.

"The defeat did hurt, so why should I pretend that it didn't? It hurt me personally, totally. It hurts me when I look at the Premier League table, it hurts me when I look in the mirror.

"What is the point of smiling? Does that make me a brave leader? I am a leader and I am very brave but I hurt after a defeat. Most of the managers are the same.

"It doesn't mean I have lost my faith or determination — on the contrary – but we lost again and I don't like it.

"It hurt me."

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