David Gold has deflected attention away from talk of Rafa Benitez, by instead speaking about the issues Slaven Bilic (pictured above) has had to face this season.

Interestingly, he talks of players overperforming for West Ham last season when the team finished seventh, usually you would have club owners seeing that as a minimum to expect the next season.

David Gold paints a picture of full confidence in the Hammers Manager, despite West Ham currently languishing in 12th, nine points off relegation and a massive 17 points off the seventh position they occupied at the end of last season.

The West Ham Co-Owner points to three factors outside Bilic’s control and indicates that neither Rafa Benitez or anybody else is in their thoughts as a replacement.

With numerous injuries, new stadium issues and star player Dimitri Payet causing massive unrest before forcing his move to Marseille, David Gold expresses every sympathy with the manager.

It all sounds a bit better than the usual vote of confidence but I still wouldn’t bet against them sacking Bilic if they sink any lower this season!

David Gold:

 “There is no issue between me and the board and Slaven (Bilic).

“I go to every board meeting and in the board there have been no discussions over Slaven, he is our manager and we all like him, he is a great guy.

“I like him very much, he’s very passionate and I love that 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 and there never has been a new contract on the table, he still has the rest of this season and next season.

“He has had a tough season and we accept that he has had stadium issues outside of his control.

“He had Payet issues which he dealt with to the best of his ability and he has had injury issues, at one time we were second in the league for days lost and 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.”