West Ham board make David Moyes decision as pressure mounts on manager

David Moyes’ future at West Ham has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the Hammers without a win in their last eight games across all competitions

 

 

West Ham fans protested against David Moyes during their loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. (Image: Rob Newell – CameraSport/Getty Images)

 

West Ham appear to have no plans to sack David Moyes, despite the club’s poor form and mounting pressure from the fanbase.

 

The Hammers are without a win in their last eight games across all competitions, with their most recent victory coming last year. As a result, there has been increased speculation about Moyes’ future, with the 60-year-old out of contract at the end of the season.

 

However, according to BBC Sport, the club are ‘doing their best to dampen down speculation’ while still sitting ninth in the league despite their recent struggles. ‘Moyes Out’ banners were unfurled in the away end at the weekend as West Ham lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest, prompting the Scot to hit back at fans who are calling for him to be sacked.

 

“Maybe they’ve had managers who excite them more, possibly, but the one who’s sitting here wins more,” Moyes said in his post-match press conference, pointing to the fact he has the highest win rate of any West Ham manager in the Premier League era.

 

“I’m really disappointed that we didn’t win today and I’m really disappointed with a couple of results. But you mustn’t forget the good results, you mustn’t forget the wins even this season. We’re sitting in a strong position [ninth in the table], last season we were sitting near the bottom.”

 

 

 

“It was only three years ago that we were Nottingham Forest and fighting relegation. We’ve moved on a long way from there. I thought the players responded incredibly well, they showed character, a lot of courage at different times of the game.”

 

“It was a tight Premier League game. We played well going through the thirds and it was in the final third where we struggled and made poor decisions in poor opportunities to score goals. The players did a great job.”

 

Moyes has also insisted the uncertainty surrounding his future has not had an impact on the players and their performances. “I’ve got such a good relationship with the players and get on so well with them and been around with them for a while,” he said.

 

“I’ve not brought them all into the club but I’ve brought a good amount in. I’ve got a good relationship with them all and there’s nothing in that. If I thought there was any way it was affecting them I would soon make sure it was sorted.”

 

 

Gideon Canice

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