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Dear Mr Moyes – Somebody has taken the batteries out

Lifelong Hammer Simon Leyland – who described himself like many of us as a long suffering fan – has joined Claretandhugh as a new blogger and newsman. Here he runs the rule over our season and David Moyes’ position


Much like an impending divorce, you tend to look back and relive the good days – it was good for a while. But in the cold light of day there are insoluble differences which sadly can never be reconciled.

Dear David, our one time Moyesiah has finally run out of ideas

Compare and contrast the intent and sharpness of the first half of last season to the lethargic , low ambition displays of the end of the last and current season. It is as if somebody took the batteries out, as the most striking feature of recent games (Leeds excepted) is the change in mentality. It is almost like there is no urgency to our play anymore. What happened to the sexy counter attacks? The relentless pressing? The positive body language?

Our favourite Scotsman has perhaps become a victim of his own success. Cast your minds back if you will to 2019, his appointment was not universally lauded as Moyes was not seen to represent the West Ham way particularly after the Bilic era.

But surprisingly enough he dragged us to consecutive top seven places and managed to nearly emulate the sainted John Lyall by nearly reaching a European final. And for a few glorious months we were seen as a team that could and would be a match for any of the so called Top six clubs.

So what went wrong then?

The signs were there to be seen towards the end of last season, fatigue ,poor decision making and no longer playing without fear. In his defence, however, he has had dreadful luck with injuries to key players.

We are still waiting for Aguerd and Zouma to start together in a Premier League match, Soucek looks tired and seems to have forgotten where the opponents penalty area is. Scamacca ,whilst showing fleeting glimpses of his undoubted talent has yet to get up to speed and poor old Maxwel Cornet seems to have borrowed Darren (sick note) Anderton’s season ticket for the physio`s table.

Thilo Kehrer looks bewildered and prone to the serious gaffe, Emerson is Mr Inconsistency and Paqueta looks and plays like a fish out of water. While Flynn Downes despite his willingness still looks like a Championship player.

But, and this is a big but. Do we give Moyes more time? Or has he simply run out of ideas? If we were mid division I would no doubt give him more time but seeing the clock is ticking and we are at the wrong end of the league I sadly have to concede that his race is run.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Dear Mr Moyes – Somebody has taken the batteries out

  1. I’m beginning to believe that in the absence of decent man management skills, this was a role fulfilled by Nobes in and around the dressing room. I noted that Moyes picked him out as his most important player andIi believe that above and beyond his performances on the pitch Nobes was behind the togetherness the team displayed whe things were going well. I’m not sure if his new role at the club will permit him to reignite the fire in their game, but it will be interesting to see how he develops at the business end of the game.

  2. His race was run many months ago, at least we are now at the stage where a decision has to be made. Lose to wolves at weekend and the club have no alternative but to sack him. Nothing has improved in fact performances have deteriorated.

  3. Moyes ain’t going nowhere… all this “if he loses he’ll be gone” is pure speculation with no word from the club.
    Suggest we get used to it and concentrate on getting behind the team

  4. Surely the Board can understand they will lose money and will effect them personally. Where a new Manager will give them a chance to save money and shine.

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