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Hammers deeply concerned: “We simply can’t go down”

CandH Exclusive by Hughie Southon

West Ham remain deeply concerned at the return they are seeing on the near £200 million they spent in the summer.

David Moyes and Rob Newman brought in eight players yet find themselves in 16th place with the R word again being mentioned regularly.

And club insiders have again made it clear to ClaretandHugh that the situation, as mentioned in a previous story here, is because clauses against relegation and/or pay cuts will kick in should the club go down.

We had revealed several weeks ago that whilst David Moyes will be given time to get things sorted big worries remain.

We were told by a top source when we asked about the manager’s position today: “We cannot go down – that’s unthinkable in these circumstances – balancing the books given the money spent is the most obvious of the issues.”

The board appears to be doing things the right way in giving him time but that could  run out quickly if points don’t start appearing on the board after the Qata break.


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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

6 comments on “Hammers deeply concerned: “We simply can’t go down”

  1. The board are taking a huge risk in mot asking him now. For the past 12 months performances and results have nose dived, he has a huge sumnig money and we are in a worse position. He keeps playing players out of position and continues to play players who are out of form. He has cost us a trophy by being knocked out if the league cup. Players we sign we sell for less so ge is not capable of developing players. Can anyone tell me what are the board waiting for ?

  2. I understand that Moyes has been set a target of 5 points from his next three games – that’s Arsenal away on Boxing day, Brentford at home on 30th December and Leeds away on the 4th of January – a very tough task! 😳

    My concern is who ‘will’ they bring in, we all remember the Pelegrini ‘disaster’ brought about by the Board pandering to ‘fan pressure’ and don’t want anything like that again! 🤔

    I haven’t a clue who I would like but Moyes is looking more like a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ and seems to have run out of ideas! 😳

  3. Previously I’ve been in the pro Moyes camp, and to some extent he still has some credit in the bank with me for how he has steadied the ship.
    However, it would also be fair to say that the last half of last season and the first half of this one (so far) has been dismal.
    Opposition teams have got us worked out, his persistence to play out of form players and those that look knackered due the the shear volume of games they have played in the last 3 seasons. Throw in the fact that he is now playing players out of position when there is no need. The Zuma injury may change this, but for the most part we have had a near fully fit squad outside of our defence (as far as injuries go).

    When you see other teams summer signings hit the ground running, while we get “it takes time to adjust”, it starts to boil down to a common denominator, and that’s the manager.

    If being a EPL manager was easy, we’d all be giving it a crack, equally I’d like us to have a EPL manager next season and not a Championship one.

  4. I feel that we the fans have the right to voice our very real concerns about the managers methods, his set up and his use of players. We also voice our alarm about the real prospect of us going down – the path we are currently on. We say if he can’t or won’t change, which we have called for loud and clear, then disaster looks inevitable, and faced with that, he should be replaced. I don’t feel it conditional on us saying who should replace him – can the board please deal with that?

  5. For me it’s stick not twist!
    60% of season left and new players will be fit and available at last. Moyes deserves the chance to make it work as our best manager since John Lyall 40 + years ago! Last season we would have come 6th if the players hadn’t decided to go on the beach in second half against Brighton! We reached semi final of Europa and only lost because of Cresswell being sent off early in second leg and going absent in first minute of first leg!
    So the players have to also take a good look at themselves and step up. They are paid more in a week than 99% of us earn in a year!
    Lastly my constant question you sack Moyes, who comes in? So far no one has a clue. Everyone has bright ideas about what’s wrong and tracks it back solely to Moyes but no ideas about who comes in!

    • I understand why you want to stick but in this case it is totally wrong. All the important data all indicate he fas to be sacked and given no more time. Do we wait till we are in bottom 3 adrift of the 4th bottom team, do we wait till we are knocked out of the cups, already gone from one. To do that wud be a terrible reflection of the board. He has to go and it’s that simple.

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