West Ham are expected to announce the return of David Moyes as manager on Monday. The Scot will take over from Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked after yesterday’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City.
Insider ExWHUemployee claims the Hammers are currently negotiating the length of the former Everton and Manchester United’s contract, with some reports tipping him to get an 18-month deal. Supporters on Twitter are pretty sceptical about the appointment:
Honestly hurts my heart
— Jeremiah Carson (@JCarson_1755) December 29, 2019
Absolute car crash of a club. Shocking right from the top. This is me done.
— Joshua (@JoshuaHearne) December 29, 2019
Oh dear. My support of West Ham since 1967 is at breaking point.
— OldSparky (@OldSparky6) December 29, 2019
This a shambles, wasn’t happy with Moyes the first time, let alone having him back after he hasn’t worked for 18months
— Big Eyes (@BigEyes_uk) December 29, 2019
I'd take Allardyce over Moyes at this point
— Ryan Adams (@Ryan_Adams11) December 29, 2019
Why have the board gone for Moyes, despite the fans not wanting him. Surely they must know it isn’t what the fans want
— irons (@isco996) December 29, 2019
Can't do anything but laugh, its been like this for so long that the apathy has kicked in
— Kamyar GH (@kamyar12345) December 29, 2019
This is disappointing
— Memphis Hammer (@HammersMemphis) December 29, 2019
If hes that good why is he still unemployed?
— Jason (@jasonlarsen2) December 29, 2019
— CanadianHammer⚒⚒🇨🇦 (@WestHamCanada) December 29, 2019
It does smack of a safety-first approach from West Ham’s owners. Moyes got the club out of trouble in 2017/18 and it looks like they will turn to the Scot once again to repeat the trick.
If it is only an eighteen-month contract, it is hardly a long-term appointment, and it means the new manager won’t be given much scope to plan for the long term in terms of recruitment and youth development.
Moyes may feel he can earn an extended stay by getting results but after winning just eight of his 27 matches in charge last time, it is debatable whether he can achieve greater success second time around.