The West Ham United fans are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their biggest game of the season so far this weekend.
David Moyes welcomes Mark Hughes and his Southampton side to The London Stadium on Saturday afternoon knowing that nothing less than a victory will do for the club in their relegation six-pointer clash. Fixtures such as these often determine the outcome of a clubs season, so the importance of the clash cannot be expressed highly enough for both teams.
Although the decision to replace Slaven Bilic with Moyes back in November 2017 was an extremely unpopular one at the time, the Premier League veteran has managed to win round the majority of the supporters so far, but a defeat against The Saints this weekend could easily change all that. The immediate priority for the club is to secure their survival this season, but once the season has reached its conclusion the board will need to make a decision on Moyes’ future.
According to the Spanish media outlet Marca (via the Daily Express), West Ham are eager to replace Moyes in the summer with the former Watford and Hull City boss Marco Silva. At this stage in the season it’s difficult to argue whether Moyes deserves to be rewarded with an extension on his current deal, and it will remain that way until the season reaches its conclusion.
However, even if Moyes manages to keep West Ham in the top-flight, the club would be wise to replace him with Silva, as the Portuguese manager represents a more forward-thinking appointment. Some supporters may cite the fact that Silva was dismissed from his role at Watford as a reason to avoid a move for his services, but his career at Vicarage Road was tarnished by the rumours which strongly linked him with the Everton job early in the season.
Up until that point, Silva was successfully implementing an entertaining brand of football at the club which had earned him plenty of plaudits in the mainstream media who even tipped him for a future role Manchester United. If the club have the choice between Moyes and Silva, they should opt for the latter as his style of football would enable West Ham to achieve their long-term ambition of challenging for Europe once again in the future.
Moyes is a decent manager with plenty of history to support that claim, and he should be backed to keep the club in the Premier League this season, but once he has completed that job he should be allowed to depart the club to make way for Silva – a manager who has greater potential to build a lasting legacy at the club.
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