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Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

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Slaven Bilic has confirmed that captain Mark Noble is set to return to the West Ham United fold in time to face Hull City this weekend.

Having guided the Londoners to a seventh place finish last season, the Hammers now find themselves in 12th after a run of three straight defeats and with their Premier League status not yet assured.

A turbulent second season as Sam Allardyce's successor has seen Bilic's side struggle to find form at their new London Stadium home.

"I don't think the board helped by apologising for results, you don't need to apologise as Slaven is trying his hardest", Gale said on Premier League Daily.

Speaking to Sky Sports he said: "If you ask any of the players, they would say the same, we are fully behind him and fully supportive of him".

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He added: "I have a good relationship with both of them".

“We want a good finish to the season. There is something between being anxious and annoyed. I am not bothered [about the speculation] to be fair. That (speculation) does not worry me. I am long enough here to know what to do.

The full-back has featured in every league game bar two ever since he recovered from an ankle injury in mid-October, but the England international's displays of late have not been looked upon kindly by West Ham's hierarchy.

But this term has been a disappointment and, following a five-match winless run, co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have reportedly shelved plans to offer the Croatian a new contract.

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