The Hammers co chairman has always been a vigourous advocate of the striker believing that when fully fit he will be a massive player for the club.
But the start made by new boys Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho has had many discussing the Geordie Boy as likely to become a ‘back-up’ striker should the pairing continue in its present form.
Bricks have been thrown in the striker’s direction since he sustained an ankle injury in training and there has been speculation in one national newspaper that he could be allowed to leave in the January transfer market.
And when Twitter follower
@Chris9King: declared: “I’d give Andy Carroll away for free, waste of money” the co-chairman replied: “Chris take a couple of days off I’m sure you will feel better. dg”
Gold believes it’s his responsibility to maintain a Twitter link with the fans but accepts that it can sometimes become a tiresome gossip and rumour factory.
He told ClaretandHugh: “I see so much stuff on there about this player and that player – it’s a 24/7 relentless social networking spotlight and can become daft.
“Every club knows what is going on with its own players but although the pressure remains on everybody in this media conscious age we have to maintain a sense of balance. The players all know their responsibilites.”