West Ham back Bilic despite 'tough season'

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:50 PM Slaven Bilic was assured that he will remain in charge of West Ham.

The English Premier League club's ownership blames a "tough season" on factors out of the manager's control.

West Ham are 12th after losing their past three games, adding to uncertainty about Bilic's future during a troubled first season for the club since leaving Upton Park for London's Olympic Stadium.

"There is no issue between me and the board and Slaven ... and in the board (meetings) there have been no discussions over Slaven's future," co-owner David Gold said after a meeting of Premier League team executives in London.

"He's our manager, we all like him, he's a great guy. I like him very much. 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.

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

West Ham have grappled with the disruption caused by fan trouble at the Olympic Stadium and star player Dimitri Payet forcing his way out of the club in January to return to Marseille.

"He's had a tough season, we accept that," Gold said of Bilic.

"He's had stadium issues outside of his control. He's had 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 over-performed. Payet was much better than we assumed he would be, (and Manuel) Lanzini turned out to be a better player than we thought."

Gold insists the club will continue to make cash available to strengthen the squad.

"This business about West Ham being cheapskates because all we are doing is buying loans and so-called freebies is not right," he said.

"Taking a player on loan with a view to buy is more expensive. You pay more but you are taking out insurance against the down side."

Source: AAP

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