Burnley's Joe Hart reveals why West Ham fans who said he was 'pants' did not like him

The 31-year-old Burnley keeper spent a year at the London Stadium after Manchester City made it clear he was surplus to requirement.

But Hart, who spent 12 years at the Etihad, thought Hammers fans got the wrong impression of him.

“I felt I was perceived as a wealthy guy coming from City who just needs to do something,” he told The Times.

“The fans didn’t really take to me. I loved being part of the team, some really good guys, but it just didn’t work for me.

“I tried everything I could. I just never felt settled, never really felt like people understood what I could bring. It wasn’t a great season for me which resulted in not being part of the World Cup, which was hard to take."


Hart added: "I had wobbles, when I was upset or raged, ‘What the f***?’ But they go quickly, and the other 98 per cent of the day is like, ‘OK, I’m going to work hard and turn this around.’ ”

Hammers fans on social media have been critical of the shot-stopper, calling him "pants" and "error-strewn".

Hart made the permanent move to Burnley in the summer and had a positive start with three clean sheets in his first three games.

His last outing came against former club City, though, where Hart was beaten five times.

Burnley have won just two of their nine games this season and are 13th in the Premier League table, but they remain only three points off the relegation zone.

On Sunday, Sean Dyche's team host Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea at Turf Moor.

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