West Ham United‘s board are still backing David Moyes, according to The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas.
The Lowdown: West Ham’s mixed start to the season
Despite winning all of their European games this season, the Hammers’ Premier League form has been far from stellar. After 14 games in the top flight, the east London club have won just four, drawn two and lost eight, leaving them 15th in the table.
Having thrown away a 1-0 lead in their latest league outing against Crystal Palace where an injury time goal secured a 2-1 win for the Eagles, it appears that an update has emerged over Moyes’ current situation at the club.
The Latest: Moyes still has board’s backing
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Thomas said that “West Ham’s board are still firmly behind” the Scotsman, despite the club’s shaky league campaign.
Attached to the tweetwas a report from The Athletic which added that ‘despite the growing disquiet, there is no appetite from the club’s board to dispense with Moyes’ services. Instead, the 59-year-old will continue to be given time to turn West Ham’s fortunes around.’
The Verdict: Pressure on Moyes
While it may be reassuring for Moyes to have the apparent backing of the board at West Ham, there’s no doubt that the pressure will be on him to revive the team’s fortunes when it comes to getting consistently positive results in the league.
To highlight how disappointing the Irons have been on the domestic stage this season, only three other clubs in the top flight have a lower average possession percentage than them (44.4%). In addition, only have six clubs have a lower overall team performance rating than Moyes’ side (6.57/10) according to WhoScored.
The Athletic‘s report noted that ‘sections of the London Stadium crowd appear to be growing frustrated’ with the 59-year-old, with audible displeasure at the final whistle of the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Sunday, while some of Moyes’ recent substitutions have also met with derision from those in attendance at Hammers matches.
Moving forward, the main focus for Moyes and his coaching staff now will be to repay the backing that the West Ham board reportedly has in him by getting his players to start winning games more regularly and getting back into the top half of the table.
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