David Moyes finally decided to attack and his team produced an exhilarating performance to shove Everton aside at the London Stadium.
Quick to feet passing with the likes of Lanzini, Kouyate, Mario and Arnie producing tip top performances saw the season out with a bang and started a new debate on the Scot’s future at the club as the board ponder over appointing a new boss or handing him a permanent deal.
Here we present the cases for and against.
O Arrived with the Hammers having eight points – left with 42 and safety in 13th
O Quickly improved fitness levels of a club which had looked lethargic and disinterested under Bilic
O Switched Marko Arnautovic – who had many doubters from left to central striker – to make a huge impact with 12 goals.
O Switched Arthur Masuaku from defence to an effective left sided midfield player
O Oversaw the arrival of Declan Rice as a first team squad member
O Man managed the squad well after the Burnley pitch invasion with a fine follow up victory over Southampton
O Achieved the job he was brought in to do despite some big injuries to important players
O Dealt well with the Andy Carroll disciplinary problems
O Produced ultra defensive performances – Stoke being a prime example
O Saw the team ship 47 goals in his spell as boss
O Managed eight wins from 27 games
O Had what many considered an extremely poor winter transfer window with just Jordan Hugill, Joao Mario and Patrice Evra in as an out of contract signing.
O Drew much criticism for calling out Declan Rice and Manu Lanzini after mistakes against Arsenal and Manchester City games
O Failed to get anywhere close to solve the Javier Hernandez issue