Ex-BBC pundit Noel Whelan has suggested West Ham United manager David Moyes could be sacked if his side don’t pick up some points in their upcoming fixtures.
The Lowdown: West Ham’s rocky start
The Irons have lost five times, meaning they have been left with just four points and a single win and a single draw to their name.
After the international break concludes, West Ham are set to play Wolves, Fulham and Southampton in their next three top-flight clashes.
The Latest: Moyes could face the sack
Whelan, former Leeds striker who worked regularly as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds before moving to an ambassador role at Elland Road, claims West Ham must pick up six points from their next three fixtures if Moyes is to secure his future with the club.
Speaking with Football Insider, the pundit said:
“These are a massive three games coming up.
“Moyes was very honest in his interview after the Everton game, he said they didn’t do enough to win.
“They had opportunities, but they had to be more clinical. They haven’t found the right combination up front just yet either.
“He keeps chopping and changing. I don’t think he knows his best front line himself at the moment.
“Players like Jarrod Bowen aren’t hitting the mark at the moment – and all of these things are contributing to their struggles at the moment.
“Moyes will be looking at these games now, Wolves, Fulham, and Southampton – and thinking that he needs maximum points out of at least two of those games in order to be comfortable.”
The Verdict: Are West Ham declining?
Having taken over the Hammers during the 2017/18 season after relegating Sunderland the year prior, Moyes led the east London outfit to a 13th place finish in his opening Premier League campaign with the club – two spots lower than where they finished the season before.
After leaving the club in May 2018, Moyes returned in December 2019 and led the Irons to the Europa League and Conference League with a sixth-place finish and a seventh place finish in two consecutive campaigns.
However, with the side now seemingly so far off their previous standards, there is currently little hope West Ham will make a European finish this year. If things don’t improve, there is a real possibility of Moyes getting the sack despite all the accomplishments of last season.
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