West Ham United released an official statement on Sunday backing manager Slaven Bilic, despite the fact that the Irons have endured a disappointing season and lost their last four Premier League matches.
"Despite press speculation to the contrary, the manager's position is not under threat"
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) April 2, 2017
The latest of those came at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, as Bilic’s side were beaten 2-1 by the top flight strugglers in Yorkshire despite taking the lead through a goal from Andy Carroll.
However, the board has come out and backed their Croatian boss, saying that they have “100 per cent faith” in their manager.
The statement continued: “Despite press speculation to the contrary, the manager’s position is not under threat.
“The Board know that Slaven and his coaching staff have the full backing of the playing squad and the overwhelming majority of supporters to lead West Ham United out of this difficult spell.”
Hammers supporters were quick to react to the news on their manager’s future via social media, and it produced a real mixed response from the fans.
While some believe enough is enough and that he needs to go after a poor sequence of results that has left them just six points above the relegation zone, others say that the board are at fault and that the Croatian must be backed during the summer.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the story…
@WestHamUtd And why on earth are we meant to believe them ??
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) April 2, 2017
— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) April 2, 2017
@WestHamUtd The vote of confidence. He'll be sacked after the Swansea game then.
— ⚒ Forever West Ham ⚒ (@ForeverWestHam4) April 2, 2017
@WestHamUtd Slaven is a good Manager, all he needs is backing, and a better quality of Signings in the Summer.
— John David Roberts (@JohnDavidRober1) April 2, 2017
@WestHamUtd Prove it and put some money behind him in the summer.
— Joey Carbonaro (@Joeycarbonaro) April 2, 2017
— Richard Taggart (@Rich_Taggs) April 2, 2017
@WestHamUtd Then I have lost faith in the board. In the last two years the club has gone backwards. Our squad is worse and recruitment has been pathetic
— Sam Cheverall (@SCheverall) April 2, 2017
@WestHamUtd Just get rid off him.
— Paul Duval (@Paulduv71) April 2, 2017