West Ham United have saved some face in recent weeks after an underwhelming Premier League campaign, with one eye already on the rebuilding job needed to be done this summer.
Speculation has been rife in recent days that Slaven Bilic could be tempted back to Turkey, with Fenerbahce believed to be keen for the Croat to replace Dick Advocaat.
Despite the fact that West Ham have not achieved the levels they would have hoped for this season, the majority of the fans remain behind their manager and feel he is the man to take the club forward.
As such, the Fenerbahce rumblings will have been unwelcoming and unnecessary for a club that has big ambitions for the future.
However, looking back to comments made by Bilic last year should ease any worries among the West Ham fans – which were made when he was linked to Fenerbahce again in 2016.
“I have many friends in Turkey but I’m happy here,” ESPN quoted the Hammers man as saying at the time.
“When it comes to Turkey Fenerbahce are a massive club, but in Turkey there is only one club for me and that’s Besiktas.”
The Fenerbahce links keep coming up given the fact that Bilic has managed in Turkey before and it is clear to see that the Croat has a very close bond with Besiktas.
While loyalty in football is fading away in the modern game, the West Ham boss is a virtuous man and someone who is passionate about a cause.
As such, the chances of Bilic stabbing the Besiktas fans in the back by joining one of the major rivals is very low and the Hammers boss will surely be at the London Stadium helm again next season.