Co-owner David Gold says he is already smitten with new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United co-owner David Gold says he already loves new manager Slaven Bilic, just four games into his debut Premier League season.

The Hammers chief has been speaking to ESPNFC about all things West Ham and touched on a number of subjects, including that of Bilic's start to life back at the Boleyn Ground.

It has been one of the most bizarre starts to a season for the Hammers under their former defender.

They stole the show on the opening weekend with a stunning and convincing 2-0 win over title-hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates. But that was followed by a barely recognisable pair of performances in back-to-back defeats against Leicester City and Bournemouth at Upton Park.

Then, just as dark clouds were threatening to gather so early in his reign, the Croatian boss pulled off a remarkable and historic first win over Liverpool at Anfield for 52 years - and by a 3-0 scoreline no less.

The topsy-turvy nature of West Ham's start to their campaign has pundits and fans marking their card as something of a Jekyl and Hyde team.

Co-owner has his mind made up

But Gold has made his mind up, telling ESPN ahead of the visit of Newcastle United that he is already smitten with the former Besiktas and Croatia boss.

"It will take a bit of time for Slaven to find the right balance," Gold told espnfc.co.uk. "He has only been with us for a very short period of time and I like what I see from him.

"I love his passion for the game; he is an incredible football man. He eats and sleeps the game, he just loves it. He is a great guy to talk to as well."

Gold and fellow co-owner David Sullivan have backed their new boss to the tune of around £30 million this summer, bringing in players like Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio, Nikica Jelavic and securing expensive loan deals for Alex Song, Victor Moses and Carl Jenkinson.

Bilic has reinvigorated the whole club

Despite the home defeats, Bilic certainly seems to have reinvigorated the club. Fans who had grown fed up with Sam Allardyce's defensive setup, particularly away from home, are delighted with the philosophy and attack-minded approach they have seen in games so far.

Bilic may not have been first choice but, as a former player who understands what the Upton Park faithful want from their managers, players and team, he already has a distinct advantage. Whether the happy marriage lasts remains to be seen - but there will certainly be an enjoyable honeymoon.

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