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Players Gagged in talkSPORT Interview

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West Ham’s upcoming Premier League clash with Liverpool is almost an afterthought as intense media scrutiny surrounds the hunt for a new manager to replace David Moyes.

With Moyes‘ contract ending this season and reports suggesting its non-renewal, speculation has linked no fewer than 14 managers to the West Ham hot seat. Talks with potential replacements like Ruben Amorim and Julen Lopetegui have already reportedly taken place.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan and director Tim Steidten are said to be actively compiling a list of potential managers. This open search has drawn criticism from some pundits, fans, and journalists.

However, the club argues that thorough due diligence is necessary to find the right candidate. They cannot control how the media reports on the situation, but…

Here’s where things get interesting. talkSPORT claims West Ham restricted them from airing comments made by players Kurt Zouma and Alphonse Areola regarding David Moyes in a recent interview.

Apparently, both players were happy to speak about their manager, but talkSPORT presenter Jim White alleges West Ham’s communications team prohibited the broadcast of any such responses.

This move by West Ham is likely to further fuel speculation about Moyes’ future. The lack of transparency surrounding the manager’s situation might create tension between the club and the fans.

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