By Matt Farr
West Ham captain Mark Noble has given under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic his full backing and insists the players are all behind him.
The Hammers boss has come under heavy fire after the club’s miserable start to the Premier League campaign, where they find themselves in 17th place, just one point above the relegation zone.
They have won just three of their 15 Premier League games, and their last league victory was way back on October 22.
However, after talks with the club board at the start of December, Bilic has received the full support of his superiors and his club captain has since jumped to his side.
Speaking passionately to TalkSport, Noble insisted that Bilic was the right man for the job, and would be able to turn their form around.
He said: “He is so passionate and he really, really wants us to do well for the club and the fans.
“Obviously he played here, so he knows what it’s like. Sometimes when you get the results we have had he takes it personally, as I do.
“I go home and can’t just switch off and relax because I care so much for the football club and I think Slav is like that as well.
“He wears his heart on his sleeve and he knows what the club is about.
“I wholly believe that he is a man to lead this football club. I am 100 per cent behind him as his captain and I am pretty sure all the boys are. I am the buffer behind him and the changing room and it’s great.”
West Ham came close to putting an end to their slump at the weekend, but were denied by Divock Origi’s second-half equaliser. The game finished 2-2, but put an end to their run of two straight defeats in all competitions.
The Hammers showed reasonable fight in the stalemate, which will give them confidence going forward, but they need to show much more over the course of the season if they are to remain in England’s top-flight.
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