West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side’s six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League come to an end courtesy of a 3-1 defeat against Brighton on Saturday.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Seagulls having won two and drawn the other four of their preceding six league games, a run of form which put some distance between themselves and the division’s relegation places. However, the Hammers produced a below-par display on the South Coast as goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo, and Pascal Gross secured a routine win for Chris Hughton’s side, moving them level on points with the East London outfit in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many disappointed and angry West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are trying to forget Saturday’s poor performance and instead focus all their efforts on a crucial clash with Watford at the London Stadium this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Hammers to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that manager Moyes won’t be in charge of the club next season, regardless of whether he keeps them in the division or not.
And failing to renew his short-term contract could well turn out to be a big mistake by the West Ham hierarchy, as the Scot has shown enough in his three-month stint in charge that he deserves a shot at the job on a more long-term basis.
Ultimately, the Hammers were seriously struggling and languishing in the relegation zone prior to Slaven Bilic’s sacking on November 6, the day after his men lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool to suffer a sixth league defeat in their opening 11 games.
Fast forward 15 matches, and the East London outfit are six places higher in the table in 12th, and in that time have picked up 18 points under the former Everton and Manchester United boss, falling to just five defeats of which three came in his first four matches in charge.
Thus, while Saturday’s reverse at Brighton was hugely disappointing, prior to that Moyes had overseen a run of just one defeat in ten Premier League games, and while they drew five of them, it’s clear that he has turned things around and made the team significantly more difficult to beat.
And while safety isn’t yet assured, it is looking markedly more likely than it was under Bilic at the start of the season, and that’s because Moyes has been able to breathe new life into the club after their woeful start to the campaign.
The 54-year-old appears to have got to grips with their struggles at home, losing just one of his seven league games in charge at the London Stadium, while at the same time somewhat tightening up their leaky backline having conceded just ten goals in their ten matches prior to Saturday’s loss.
And given the clear lack of help from the owners during the January window, Moyes appears to be getting the best out of the squad he has at his disposal – look at what his arrival has done for Marko Arnautovic, who has been a different player under the Scot.
And while Hammers fans may be concerned about his long-term suitability to the role, the 54-year-old’s efforts so far, and if he were to keep them up, suggest that he deserves a chance to take the club forward into next season.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!