The Hammers faithful in the Transfer Tavern are hoping the sacking of manager Slaven Bilic can transform the club’s fortunes this season.
West Ham United’s 1-4 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday evening proved to be the final nail in the coffin for ex-manager Slaven Bilic. The Croatian manager leaves West Ham in 18th place in the Premier League, with only 9 points to show from their opening 11 matches. The writing has been on the wall for Bilic in recent weeks and his dismissal comes as no surprise following another heavy home defeat.
West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold released a statement this morning claiming that they will appoint “a quality manager to the position to inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a very talented squad”. Well, they ended up with David Moyes.
The appointment of the Scot is unlikely to have the West Ham fans in delirium due to his managerial record since leaving Everton in 2013. Moyes left Goodison Park with an excellent reputation after guiding the Merseyside club to 6 consecutive top-8 finishes in his final 6 seasons with the club. Still, his reputation has since deteriorated after 3 unsuccessful spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland since he left his former charges.
In hindsight, Moyes had no chance of meeting expectations at United after he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford following his retirement in 2013. The job carried intense pressure and high demands that were alien in comparison to what he had become accustomed to at Everton, and a role of that magnitude was unquestionably premature for the Scotsman who had no experience of managing a title-contender prior to the appointment.
The Hammers faithful will also be concerned by Moyes’ abysmal record as manager of Sunderland, where his side finished rock-bottom of the Premier League table last season.
However, on paper, the vacant West Ham job presents Moyes with a similar challenge to the one he was faced with at Everton where he was a resounding success. Both clubs are of a similar stature and share relatively close ambitions with regards to the heights they are able to reach in the Premier League.
If Moyes gets the job at West Ham then it is imperative that he gets off to a flying start. If he is able to pick up at least 6 points from their next 3 league games then he will have a wonderful opportunity to rescue West Ham’s season and rescue his diminishing career at the club. If he starts badly, it is unlikely he will last beyond the season.
Moyes’ legacy at Everton is enough to suggest that he has genuine potential to succeed at the London Stadium, and supporters of The Irons should invest plenty of faith in the Scotsman if he does indeed replace Bilic in the near future.