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Hammers board give backing to under-fire Bilic after Tigers loss

Hull City 2 West Ham United 1

By Paul Burrows

West Ham say they have "100 per cent faith" in manager Slaven Bilic and his ability to lead the club.

In the wake of a 2-1 loss to Hull which leaves the Hammers six points off the drop zone with eight games left, the club's hierarchy moved to back their manager, whose position has been called into question.

Andy Carroll's 50th Premier League goal gave West Ham a deserved half-time lead at Hull on Saturday, but the home side hit back through Andrew Robertson and Andrea Ranocchia to clinch a 2-1 win that lifts them to within a point of safety.

Amid reports about his future, a statement from the West Ham board said: "To end speculation once and for all, the West Ham United board feel it necessary to announce that we have 100 per cent faith in Slaven Bilic's ability to lead West Ham United."

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