West Ham backs manager Slaven Bilic despite 'tough season'

Slaven Bilic

GETTYSlaven Bilic has been given a vote of confidence by David Gold

The Hammers have attempted to quash speculation over Bilic's future after his side crashed to their fourth straight Premier League defeat on Saturday.

Bilic's side are now only six points above the relegation zone with eight games left to play and the Croatian manager is expecting discussions regarding his tenure to remain on the agenda.

The first report said that West Ham would be swooping for Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez though recently there was talk they would be making an approach for Reading's Jaap Stam.

"It's important we had a good performance this afternoon but we need to fight until the end of the season for sure".

"I've been here long enough to know what to do - over a year and a half - with an objective here and there is still a job to do and I have my contract. He still has the rest of this season and next season".

In a hard campaign which has seen them struggle to settle at their new home, the London Stadium, West Ham have not won since a 3-1 victory over Southampton on 4 February.

"He's an important player for us in an important position and it's a moment for other players to come in and show for me they are ready as well". That (speculation) does not worry me. There's nothing new that I want to say about it, I just concentrate on my job and I am totally focused on our next game.

Next up for West Ham is midweek trip to Arsenal, followed by a home game with fellow league strugglers Swansea City and then an Easter showdown at Sunderland.

West Ham travel to the KCOM Stadium to face relegation candidates Hull on Saturday as they look to stop a run of three consecutive defeats.

Snodgrass will be thinking exclusively about the three points and trying to regain his place on Saturday, rather than getting caught up in the occasion, stating Saturday will be strictly business on his part.

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Silva extended his unbeaten home league record as a manager, stretching back through spells at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos, to an impressive 39 matches.

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