West Ham United manager David Moyes will not be sacked if his side lose to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, the PA news agency understands.
Wins for Bournemouth and Everton on Saturday meant the Hammers ended the weekend in the Premier League relegation zone following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at London rivals Tottenham.
That raised questions about Moyes’s future ahead of Saturday’s crucial home game against Nottingham Forest, but the PA news agency understands that the Scot still has “credit in the bank” with the board.
Moyes began his second spell at West Ham in December 2019 and guided them clear of relegation before securing a sixth-place finish the following season and seventh last year.
This season the Irons have advanced to the last 16 of the Europa Conference League and face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on March 1.
Although they have won only one league game since October 24, the feeling within the club is that a positive outcome to the campaign is still possible.
Speaking after the loss at Tottenham, captain Declan Rice expressed his frustration with the side’s lack of goals and suggested a change of formation could be required.
“I think when it comes to Spurs, it’s always going to be tough but it’s down to us to perform, create chances and score goals,” Rice told Sky Sports.
“Everyone knows the position we are in but it’s up to us to sort it out. Last year we were so good, we felt we’d score a couple of goals each game but sometimes this happens.
“When you play with five at the back the strikers can feel a bit isolated so we need to give them more support.
“There are six or seven teams in and around us. We are the only ones who can change it so I’m not too bothered about them, it’s down to us.”
Moyes is currently the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked, with Chelsea’s Graham Potter the current frontrunner.
Similarly to Moyes’ situation at West Ham, the PA news agency also understands that the Blues hierarchy have full faith in Potter to turn things around.
It was reported by The Times journalist Gary Jacob that Moyes would lose his job if the Hammers are beaten by Steve Cooper’s side this weekend.
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