West Ham United co-chairman insists Slaven Bilic would not be interested in England job

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

David Gold claims the West Ham manager would not be "the slightest bit interested" in taking over from Roy Hodgson,

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has had his say on the rumours suggesting that Slaven Bilic could be an outside candidate for the England job by claiming, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that the Croatian would not be "the slightest bit interested" in the role.

The FA are hunting for a new national team boss after Roy Hodgson ended his four-year tenure at the helm by tendering his resignation following the disastrous 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.

Though previous candidates such as Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are rated amongst the favourites by bookmakers, Hammers boss Bilic has been touted as a dark horse.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Croatian has previously coached in international football with his own country, and enjoyed a successful first season managing in the Premier League by steering the Irons to seventh last season.

However, Hammers co-chairman Gold has spoken out on the speculation and seems utterly convinced that Bilic would not be tempted away from the Olympic Stadium.

Gold said, as quoted by Daily Mail: "He has managed his own country and I don't believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England. England is simply not part of Slaven's mission.

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	West Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham have proposed to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Olympics

"He is a very, very loyal man. He is loyal to his back room team and to the board. We have backed him 100 per cent and he us - our commitment to each other is total. This is his club and he is on his way to great thing at the Olympic Stadium. I don't believe he will be tempted away by anything.'

"I don't believe either the FA will come for him, as they have been down the foreign manager route and it hasn't worked. I don't believe they will go there at all. I am totally convinced that won't happen. The most important issue is whether he would want it and I don't believe he would. His passion and commitment to this club is total."

Those are strong words indeed from the Hammers co-owner, who by taking such a strong stance and talking up Bilic's loyalty appears to have damaged any hopes the manager might have actually had of being considered.

Bilic certainly seems to be a fully committed cog in the machine of West Ham's project for the future, but it is a bold move for Gold to speak so vehemently on his behalf.

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