It was put to Gold that the fact Bilic has never coached in England before could work against him, but Gold justified the club’s decision to the BBC, by suggesting that any club is taking a risk when they bring in a manager from a foreign division or background.
“I don't personally have a fear of that. I think there's a risk with any appointment. Some of the great managers with great records don't always come off in the Premier League,” he said.
“He doesn't have experience as a Premier League manager but he does as a player. What he will lack in years of experience, he will make up for with youthful dynamism.”
Should West Ham fans be worried?
Not initially, because there are plenty of positives about Bilic’s arrival at West Ham, which far outweigh the negative of him having no Premier League experience.
He could take to the Premier League like a duck to water and then any previous worries over his arrival at the club will look unfounded.
He needs to work hard over the course of the summer on a variety of things, but there’s no reason to doubt the club’s decision making.
How does his playing experience help?
It helps because it shows that he understands West Ham and what the club and the team means for the supporters.
He understands that important connection and any team, which is very close to the fans will be backed to the hills in any manner of difficult situations across any competition.