Mark Lawrenson is backing David Moyes to get off to a winning start in his second spell as West Ham manager. The BBC pundit believes the Scot is a decent appointment and he is expecting the Hammers’ players to react positively tomorrow:
“His record is very good and if you look at how many times he has been a manager in the Premier League, he knows all about it and how it works. I know Bournemouth have been hit by injuries but they look flat. I think West Ham will get a bounce because of the new manager.”
Lawrenson has gone for a 2-0 win for the home side. In one sense, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Irons get a comfortable victory, considering Bournemouth’s own plight at the moment.
The Cherries have no less than nine players out injured with Eddie Howe’s team having won just once since the beginning of November.
Of course, West Ham’s own recent form has been very poor, especially at the London Stadium where they have picked up just seven points this season; the worst record in the Premier League.
Still, they will be hoping Moyes’ appointment will lead to an upturn in fortunes. We shall have to wait and see if the new ‘manager bounce’ does have an effect as Lawrenson predicts.