Slaven Bilic given vote of confidence by West Ham co-chairman David Gold

Ben Rumsby
The Telegraph
Slaven Bilic has endured a tough season  - AFP or licensors
Slaven Bilic has endured a tough season  - AFP or licensors

Slaven Bilic was given a public vote of confidence on Thursday by David Gold after West Ham United shelved plans to offer him a new contract.

Co-chairman Gold spoke out upon it also being revealed that Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner had emerged as a potential replacement for Bilic if the Hammers decide to part company with the Croatian this summer.

Bilic had been in line for a new deal after West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League in his first season in charge but the club’s slide down the table since their move to the London Stadium prompted a rethink.

Speaking as his side look to halt a run of three straight defeats at Hull City tomorrow, Gold said: “There is no issue between me and the board and Slaven, and I go to every board meeting, and in the board there have been no discussions over Slaven – he’s our manager we all like him, he’s a great guy.

“Me, personally, I like him very much. I think he’s very passionate and I love the passion. Would I like to be two or three places higher than we currently are, of course I would. Tell me a club apart from Chelsea who wouldn’t.

This is the Premier League table if you got a goal for hitting the woodwork

“There’s no issues. There never has been a new contract on the table. He still has the rest of this season and next season.

“He’s had a tough season, we accept that. He’s had stadium issues outside of his control. He’s had [the Dimitri] Payet issues which he dealt with to the best of his ability. He’s had injury issues – at one time we were second in the league for days lost and it wouldn’t surprise me if we were still in top three or four for clubs affected.

“We had a fantastic season last year where players overperformed.”

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