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David Moyes’ Spell At West Ham Still Has The Club Battling To Beat The Drop But Why?

It’s been a while now since David Moyes took over at West Ham – 121 days to be precise. During these almost 4 months, the Hammers have registered little progress whatsoever and strangely enough have achieved the same numbers as under Bilic in his last 3 months. In 22 games, West Ham have lost 9, won 6 and ended 7 games in a draw. It’s not exactly what you expect from a new manager with his experience. Or is it?

Appointing a new manager half way into the season is a shock move, destined to kind of start over and have an impact on the whole team and it traditionally means the team will have a 2-3 point improvement after the new manager comes in.

Unfortunately, that is not happening now even though David Moyes had initially steadied the ship and made the Hammers harder to beat. In his first number of games in charge Moyes’ Hammers were starting to pick up points regularly allowing them to move clear of the relegation zone but the Londoners are back in the thick of it again now struggling to avoid the dreaded drop to the Championship.

It’s not a position you want to be in, especially when avoiding relegation was the main reason for which the club’s management decided, back in November, a change is what West Ham need to get back on track and look towards next year’s European competitions. It could be a good bet to make around the Hammers staying up and if you are a gambling type you might well enjoy Allascasino.com where there are many ways to play the odds.

Someone must have not looked closely enough at Moyes’ record since leaving Everton. He had enormous resources and inherited a decent squad at Man United so was able to keep his numbers looking reasonable compared to his previous career but then started going down hill which resulted in his firing from Old Trafford.

While managing Real Sociedad he won 12 games, lost 15 and ended another 15 in a draw before being put on gardening leave.

At Sunderland the former Everton manager lost 28 games, ended 7 in a draw and won just 8 in 303 days and led the club to relegation and a last place finish in the Premier League. What in his last 2 jobs has really made him a suitable replacement for Slaven Bilic? And why not keep Bilic until the end of the season? He would have most likely kept the Irons in pretty much the same situation as they find themselves now.

The best explanation for this would be that Moyes is a short term solution to simply maintain West Ham’s Premier League status. He does have enough experience in his managerial career to keep West Ham in the Premier League but does not look like the right fit for the Hammers as many supporters felt at the time of his appointment. The team are really struggling even though the Scotsman was surrounded with a very experienced supporting cast of coaches who would not have come cheap.

Maybe that’s why no major incoming transfers were concluded either, during the winter transfer window as Moyes was certainly not backed by the Hammers’ owners. Maybe the club’s board are waiting for the summer to draw a line and see who is needed to give West Ham the edge they had back in the day when the club needed to think of ways to improve to chase qualification for the Europa League rather than avoid the Championship.

The overall feeling is that, unless Moyes pulls a rabbit out of the hat by May, he will not be handling the club’s summer transfer plans or managing beyond May at the London Stadium. While his spell at Everton was certainly worthy of recognition, he may not be the right man for West Ham.

It would probably be best if the club’s board sits down and puts together a new strategy before June, a strategy that would bring in the right manager, players and the right staff to the London Stadium.

All that is left until then is to try and keep the team as motivated as possible to avoid relegation and also keep players like Arnautovic, Lanzini, and Kouyate feeling like West Ham is a winning side that will fight for Europa League qualification and other domestic honours next year.

It may be that West Ham’s lack of commitment to Moyes by only giving him a 6 month contract has hurt the Hammers as the players have not really got on board with his approach as they don’t feel like they will be playing for him next season.