Some West Ham fans weren’t happy when David Moyes was appointed as their new manager just 23 days ago. With just 1 point in 9 games, 7 goals conceded, only 1 scored and after a humiliating 4-0 defeat to a poor Everton side, those fans will not feel any better about the club’s managerial selection.
It seems ridiculous to be questioning a manager’s position after less than a month in charge but with the way modern football is and the position West Ham find themselves in, the question has to be asked. If West Ham fail to pick up points through the Christmas period they will be bottom and it may be too late to act.
I could be wrong and it is entirely possible that it’s just taking time for Moyes’ methods to take with the West Ham players. Moyes took charge with Watford, Leicester and Everton as his first three fixtures. Three winnable games that The Hammers needed to take some points from. Their next three are Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal and not even the most optimistic (or delusional) West Ham fan will think they can take points from those games.
If they do lose all three it’ll be six without a win for David Moyes, this a manager that only managed 6 wins in an entire campaign last season when he guided Sunderland to the Championship.
Perhaps the most worrying thing for Hammers fans is the manner of their defeats. If the players didn’t look like they wanted to play for Slaven Bilic, they definitely don’t look any more motivated by Moyes. An Everton side in poor form took them apart with ease, Wayne Rooney helping himself to a hat-trick in the process. A 4-0 defeat is bad enough but watching your team concede from the halfway line, as Rooney did, certainly doesn’t make it any better.
The appointment of Moyes looks like a mistake and one that could prove very costly by the end of the season. Moyes could become the first manager to relegate 2 different Premier League sides in back to back seasons. West Ham are sleepwalking towards relegation and may be better admitting their mistakes and looking elsewhere than blindly backing a losing horse in January. The only problem is that with Sam Allardyce joining Everton, West Ham may have missed the opportunity to bring in a manager with a chance of actually saving them.