It is important to state that rumours of dressing room unrest at West Ham are precisely that . . . RUMOURS.
That being said any Hammers fan will certainly be aware of many of the stories of alleged mutiny and it’s safe to assume that same information had reached David Moyes.
Recently the Guardian led with a story which suggested that many West Ham players had lost faith in the manager, whilst there were also reports of clandestine player led meetings behind the scenes.
So I found Moyes’s team selection ahead of the Fulham game very interesting indeed. He didn’t just select his trusted more established players, but also the group who were least likely to revolt.
By selecting the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Pablo Fornals & co ahead of his more recent recruits he was playing it safe. These are players who probably owe a debt of gratitude to Moyes and are far less likely to be part of anything which would undermine him.
There may have been disgruntlement amongst many within the squad, but by leaving them on the periphery the manager made a very smart move.
What it means for future recruitment is another matter for another day but in terms of crisis management Moyes may have played a blinder,