Five crucial days will shape West Ham’s season


By Gonzo

West Ham take on Premier League relegation rivals Southampton tomorrow in what will be the first of two games which may decide the Hammers future.

So much is resting on the top flight survival of the club that it’s almost inconceivable the situation has been allowed to drift as long as it has. Player contracts, coaching jobs, the managers position, budgets, stadium contracts and the ownership of the club itself hang in the balance.

Nine clubs are in the shake-up for the three relegation places, and the next two games look crucial. Southampton play Manchester City after their trip to the London Stadium, whilst West Ham entertain Newcastle on Wednesday night.

If we defeat The Saints tomorrow then it’s hard to make a case for them remaining in the Premier League. On the flip side, should West Ham lose to Southampton and fail to beat Eddie Howe’s Toon side it may be too much to come back from.

West Ham manager David Moyes

It’s not all doom and gloom though. I have a hope that we’ll win against Saints.

David Moyes can’t have escaped the constant leaks and rumours of training ground unrest, and it’s clear for anyone to see that there is a lethargy and ‘feel-bad’ factor at West Ham currently. However, he’s had two weeks to turn it around, listen to concerns and try to lift the squad morale and tweak tactics.

West Ham don’t have to wait until tomorrow though. We can drop to 19th in the Premier League today if Bournemouth defeat Fulham, and the Forest v Wolves game could prove very interesting.

By 10pm on Wednesday night we’ll all know a lot more about our future.

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