Moyes sack? West Ham’s ‘senior stars tell board’ their verdict on manager exit before the summer

Lewis Oldham
Moyes could be sacked

West Ham United’s ‘senior stars’ have reportedly told the club’s hierarchy that they are still backing David Moyes despite their poor form.

In previous seasons, Moyes has done a remarkable job as he turned West Ham into a team that regularly challenged for a place in Europe.

But the Hammers have declined this season and they currently find themselves battling to avoid relegation. They are 16th in the table and just one point above the bottom three.

West Ham have won just two of their last 13 games in the Premier League. They eased their relegation fears with their 4-0 win over Nottm Forest but they followed that up with a 4-0 loss against Brighton last weekend.

Despite their current perilous position in the Premier League, Football Insider’s Pete O’Rourke is reporting that ‘West Ham’s senior stars’ have ‘told the board’ that ‘Moyes has their backing’.

It is noted that the club’s hierarchy are ‘reluctant to make a managerial change so late in the season’.

O’Rourke adds that ‘there could be a rethink’ if West Ham are suddenly ‘cut adrift from safety’.

‘Nevertheless, the West Ham board are keeping faith with David Moyes and see him as the man to keep them in the Premier League,’ O’Rourke wrote for Football Insider.

‘Moyes still has the backing of the squad and the owners believe they have enough talent to preserve their top-flight status

‘I’m told there is currently no planning or strategy to replace Moyes, nor any talks with other managers.

‘The Irons are reluctant to make a managerial change this late in the season, but sources tell me there could be a review of Moyes’ future in the summer – even if he manages to avoid the drop.

‘If results don’t improve and West Ham are cut adrift of safety, there could be a rethink.

‘It is hoped that the games in the Europa Conference League can provide a platform to build confidence and rotate the squad.’

Moyes admitted after West Ham’s 4-0 loss to Brighton was “one of the worst performances” during his second spell at the Premier League club.

“It wasn’t good. We’ve not played well today, we let ourselves down,” Moyes said.

“We were always coming to play a team that would have a lot of possession so we knew we’d find ourselves having to give up a bit more than we would normally do.

“We had a couple of really good chances to equalise in the first half and didn’t take them. We went in 1-0 down, it was really disappointing. We hoped we’d come out and play better in the second half and it was the opposite.

“Certainly in my second spell back (at West Ham), it would be one of the worst performances.”

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