Gold hits back at ‘ill informed’ Lusiens boss
David Gold has hit back at Lusians boss Xavi Roura describing his blast at Hammers boss Slaven Bilic as ‘ill informed.’
The manager of the Andorran minnows had objected to Bilic not being in the dug-out for last night match saying:”Slaven Bilic showed a lack of respect for not taking his place on the bench. I am disappointed with with him and I feel a club from home of football and fair play should have insisted he sat there,” said Roura.
“I know he has won a lot of titles but not sitting on the bench ; who does he think he is ? The Special One ?”
However, Gold has rushed to his manager’s defence declaring: “Slaven is a hugely respectful man and that’s precisely why he WASN’T in the dug out. He was showing his respect to Terry Westley who had worked with the squad .
Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh DG added: “He could have waltzed in like some film star and taken all the credit from a victory but instead, after working with the first team squad in Ireland, he allowed the obvious man to take control. That shows character.
“I am sure that when Xavi understands the full position he will offer an apology to Slaven for his ill informed remarks.”
Gold was delighted with the victory and said: “I heard it said there were no long balls but that appears sometimes when you are under pressure.
We weren’t last night and there was a real determination to pass the ball. It was encouraging and there was not one youngster out there who didn’t do well. That was very pleasing.
“But let’s pay credit to Andorra. It’s a country of 78,000 people – nothing like as big even as the the Isle of Wight. Yet they came and gave it everything they had which we saw in the last 20 minutes when as part-timers they were going down like ninepins.
“Having said that, there was a lot to enjoy and I think we are now on the edge of some really good times with a style of football the crowd will enjoy.”