By Will Butcher

West Ham chairman David Gold has told fans that he is “disappointed” with the club’s start to the season but backed Slaven Bilic and his players to arrest the horror run.

Bilic has overseen a dismal start that has left the Hammers in the relegation zone of the Premier League and knocked out of the Europa League by Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu.

However, while answering fans on his personal Twitter account, Gold revealed that he is confident his side can alter their fortunes this season because they have the “manager and players to do it.”

The Hammers have lost four Premier League games on the bounce after Saturday’s dismal 3-0 loss to Southampton, picking up just two wins all season against Bournemouth and League Two minnows Accrington Stanley.

Manager Bilic is coming under increasing pressure to hold onto his job at the London Stadium, despite a superb campaign last term that saw the Hammers finish in seventh in the Premier League.

West Ham’s summer recruits have also come under a noticeable amount of criticism, as the likes of Simone Zaza, Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli struggle to hit the ground running in East London.

Middlesbrough are the next opponents at the London Stadium on Saturday, as former Croatia and Besiktas manager Bilic looks to stop the rot with a win against the Premier League new boys.

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