From the Boardroom - David Gold

I was thrilled to meet up with Slaven Bilic when he came back to the Boleyn Ground on Friday and we then showed him around our magnificent new Stadium.

It is a great day for the Club when you are seeing the manager in more familiar surroundings at his football Club and then showing him the new Stadium which he was just spellbound by.


I was at the ground six weeks ago but I could not believe the progress that has been made since that time.


Every time you go you cannot help but be excited by the sheer size and it is just magnificent. Slaven was seriously impressed and he has been around and seen some of the best stadiums around Europe.


I know Slaven has been talking about his love for the Boleyn Ground as well and he cannot wait to get back managing there. He spoke about the tiny streets as he approaches the stadium and I know that feeling as well, having been brought up in the area.


I remember the back streets around the Boleyn Ground and there were times there was hardly any cars on the streets and we would be playing football and cricket in the area.


Now the streets are packed with cars and I have got great memories. I can understand exactly what Slaven is saying.


Slaven is special to the fans and he was the fans favourite throughout the managerial process. It is when all those things come together and you could sum it up by saying this is 'West Ham's time.'


The new manager, saying goodbye to the Boleyn Ground which is going to be emotional for everyone and then the new adventure of going into the new Stadium.