By Matt Farr
West Ham have rejected an offer of help from former England international Rio Ferdinand, according to a report.
The ex-Manchester United and West Ham defender offered to join the Hammers as a defensive coach, but The Sun have claimed that boss Slaven Bilic has ruled out a return for his former team-mate.
Ferdinand began his professional career at Upton Park, where he made over 150 appearances in all competitions.
Bilic’s side have made a miserable start to the season, and lie in 17th place in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.
They have not won in the league since October 22, and have conceded nine goals in their last two outings – a 4-1 EFL cup defeat to Manchester United, followed by a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday.
The emphatic Gunners defeat prompted Ferdinand, who is a pundit for BT Sport, to blast West Ham’s defensive displays. He later offered his assistance as a coach.
Ferdinand and Bilic played together at the club for an 18-month spell from 1996-97, but Bilic has reportedly quashed any possible hopes of a reunion for the pair, insisting he is happy with his current backroom team.
The Croatian boss met with the West Ham board on Monday to discuss the club’s dire form and Bilic’s long-term future at the club, but the Hammers hierarchy have since come out in full support of their manager.
The east London club face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, before crucial home games against relegation rivals Burnley and Hull.
In other West Ham news, this is how Hammers fans reacted on Twitter to the club’s backing of under-fire Bilic.