West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks after seeing their team slip alarmingly down the Premier League table, to the point that they are now just one place above the relegation zone.
David Moyes’ men were sat tenth in the division following their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace back on January 30, but things have since taken a turn for the worse for the Hammers given they have won just one of their preceding five matches. And with defeats in each of their four other games at the hands of Brighton, Liverpool, Swansea City, and Burnley, the East London outfit now find themselves just a place and two points clear of the bottom three, and thus facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status in the final eight games of the season.
Consequently, there have been many despondent West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can return to winning ways in their huge clash with fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that manager Moyes could well be replaced at the end of the season.
And given their plight in recent times, axing the 54-year-old is the best decision the club can make this summer.
Ultimately, the former Everton and Manchester United boss does deserve some credit for making an impact at the London Stadium, having taken over from the sacked Slaven Bilic with the club lodged inside the bottom three, while their current position is at least out of the relegation zone.
And a run of just one Premier League defeat in ten matches between December and January did suggest that the Scot was getting to grips with the role and moving the club clear of danger, but they have recently been absolutely woeful, and are very much on the slide.
Several sides have and will continue to ship four goals at Liverpool this season, but it simply unforgiveable to concede four away at Swansea, three against Brighton (for the second time this term), and three at home to Burnley (who have scored three goals in a game on just one other occasion this season).
In fact, Moyes’ record isn’t actually that much better than Bilic’s, who managed just nine points from his 11 matches in charge at the start of the season – Moyes has since added 21 in 19 league games at the helm.
And while that would also suggest that the personnel also aren’t good enough, it also reflects poorly on Moyes, who would have viewed the West Ham job as an opportunity to heal his reputation after tricky spells at United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland.
Clearly, there are many issues at West Ham, both on and off the pitch, but Moyes shouldn’t be exempt from criticism, especially given the performances of his side in the last few games, which have furthered the view that he is simply not the man to take them forward even if he keeps them up.
As such, axing the 54-year-old would be the best decision the club can make this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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