The West Ham supporters have been feeling both relieved and delighted in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side end a run of three straight defeats by recording a 3-0 victory over Southampton in a crucial six-pointer clash last Saturday.
After the chaotic scenes that unfolded at The London Stadium against Burnley prior to the international break, the pressure was firmly on David Moyes and the West Ham players to take all three points against Southampton last weekend. Much to the delight of the resident Hammers faithful propping up our bar, they managed to do just that courtesy of a rampant first half display in which they scored 3 quality goals to put the game beyond the reach of a hapless Saints side.
The win has moved West Ham 5 points clear of the relegation zone with 7 fixtures left to play, so the supporters are feeling much more positive about their chances of survival this week. On the premise that West Ham should have enough quality to finish the job and finish above the bottom-three in the final weeks of the season, it makes sense for the club to turn their attention to the summer and begin making preliminary decisions about Moyes’ future.
Moyes was only handed a short-term contract when he took over from Slaven Bilic back in Novemeber, and as things stand he will depart the club when the season reaches its conclusion. Naturally, Moyes will certainly want to extend his stay to restore his tarnished reputation and prove to the footballing world that he still has the pedigree of a Premier League manager, but whether the board will be eager to offer him a new deal remains to be seen.
On the evidence of his time in East London so far, it would be foolish for the club not to offer him an extension. There’s no doubt about it, Moyes has turned things around since he took charge of the club and he has done brilliantly to get the best form out of players who had previously been written off such as Marko Arnautovic and Arthur Masuaku.
His long career at Everton proved that he is able to take a side with decent but not extensive resources, and mould them into an outfit with the potential to break the status quo and break into the top-six. Although that task represents a more difficult challenge in the modern era, his history of achieving this aim should be enough to convince the owners that he is the man to finally restore some stability into a club which has been in the midst of a crisis since they moved to the London Stadium in 2016.
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