From the Boardroom - David Gold

It was an emotional night for me to see West Ham United back in European action last week as it was the first time for nearly a decade, but it felt great.

I know this is only the early beginnings of a long journey, but it still felt very good and this is the start of a new era for the Club.

It was also fantastic to see the reception that Slaven Bilic got from our supporters. We always knew he was a fans favourite and I was pleased for Slaven as well because this is the job he wanted.

This is all very exciting for Slaven and the fans and I can sense the excitement and optimism around the Club at the moment. Our time has come.

I was delighted to see Diafra Sakho get among the goals straight away. Whatever level you play at scoring goals is not easy and you have to rise above the defence and score and it was great to see him do that.

We have a lot of high hopes resting on Sakho next season and he is the one who can surprise everyone. I believe he can become a world class striker.

He has the passion and attributes to be one of the top forwards in the Premier League.

He had an unbelievable start last season and scored eight goals in nine games which is up there with the very best. Sadly he got injured and who knows how many goals he could have finished the season with.

I am pleased to say he has made a full recovery during the summer and it will be great if he can keep scoring goals heading into the new season.

We also saw Mauro Zarate produce an impressive display last week. Unfortunately he picked up a slight injury which will keep him sidelined for a short period but he has his chance to show what he can do.

The slate has been wiped clean and everyone has got their opportunity. Slaven is clearly saying to his players show me what you can do.

All the fringe players from last season will now get their chance. We have so many games coming up with Europe and the cup competitions alongside the Premier League.

If we get to the group stages of the Europa League it will almost be like playing in another league and we need the competition in the squad. Everyone will get their chance.

I was pleased to see James Tomkins given the captaincy last week. James is a West Ham boy and Slaven handed him the armband.

He certainly did the business with another solid display and managed to get on the scoresheet.

Reece Oxford also showed again why he is rated so highly. He went out and played in midfield and that shows the quality he has got that he is so versatile.

He was then moved back into a defensive role and played superbly.

These are exciting times for West Ham United and the hard work continues behind the scenes to bring in new signings.

Our people are working their socks off to ensure we bring the best quality players to the Club.

It is not just about numbers but we want quality and people who will make a difference to our football club.

We want to bring in serious players to strengthen the squad and I am confident that the squad will be stronger than the one we had last season.