West Ham manager Slaven Bilić will give his players the rest of the season off after they came from two goals down to beat Tottenham in their cup final at Wembley.
Two goals from André Ayew and a winner from Angelo Ogbonna completed a stunning second half fightback from the Hammers, taking them to the 5th round of the Carabao Cup in literal terms.
But the Wembley setting and West Ham’s proclivity for treating games against Spurs as cup finals prompted Bilić to call time on the 2017-18 season, although he confirmed the club will still honour their fixture list.
He told Football Burp: “They’ll still have to play all the matches if we ask them to, but there’s no longer any need for them to have to try very hard.
“Obviously summer isn’t for ages but I’ve already presented each of my players a pair of flip flops embroidered with their initials.
“It’s my way of saying, ‘Go on, have a well-earned rest for the next seven months, and thanks for keeping me in a job by actually showing up for 45 minutes.
“Other clubs might use a result like this as a springboard to further success, but West Ham United isn’t like other clubs.”