Defiant David Moyes again insists he has the backing of the West Ham board despite five straight league losses to leave them fighting relegation… as he defends captain Declan Rice from social media criticism
- West Ham are just above the relegation zone after five straight league losses
- They were beaten 2-0 at home by Brentford in their last outing on Friday night
- Hammers board are backing manager David Moyes but pressure is mounting
- They need to get a positive result at Leeds United in next game on Wednesday
- Captain Declan Rice responded to social media criticism of his body language
- And Moyes stuck up for West Ham’s captain, praising his recent performances
David Moyes has once again insisted he has the backing of West Ham’s board despite losing for the fifth consecutive match against Brentford.
The Hammers sit precariously just above the Premier League relegation zone ahead of their visit to Leeds United on Wednesday night as pressure mounts on the manager.
Moyes is now the favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked with the bookmakers.
David Moyes says he retains the support of West Ham’s board despite an alarming slump
West Ham suffered their fifth straight Premier League defeat with a 2-0 loss against Brentford
West Ham sit just one place above the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Leeds
But he said: ‘I’m feeling really good because I’ve had great support from [joint-owner] David Sullivan and the board. They’ve been supportive and backing me.
‘I think the West Ham supporters have been incredibly supportive. They’ve seen what’s gone on here the last three years and they’re desperate for us to do well.’
West Ham’s board are standing by Moyes despite Friday night’s 2-0 home loss to Brentford, which followed league defeats to Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Arsenal, as well as a Carabao Cup exit to Blackburn Rovers.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan and director Jack Sullivan watch the defeat to Brentford
Moyes reacts during Friday evening’s disappointing home defeat to Brentford
Their last win in the Premier League was against Bournemouth back on October 24.
Moyes is aware that he faces the sack if results do not improve with the Hammers facing Leeds, Wolves and Everton – all sides towards the bottom of the table – in their next three league fixtures.
He also addressed social media criticism of Declan Rice’s body language – which the captain replied to.
Rice came in for criticism from some social media fans for his negative body language
An Instagram account called ‘nickb_coyi’ wrote that Rice ‘has given up.’
In a comment, Rice replied: ‘Keep reading little comments like these that are, 1. Funny & 2. Complete nonsense. I would never ever give up, for the fans or for the club.
‘Of course things on a football pitch get tough! But especially as captain and wearing this shirt, I know exactly what it means to play fro West Ham.’
Asked about the exchange, Moyes said: ‘People can have their opinions, but Declan played fantastically well in midweek and he has done for nearly all the time I’ve been here.
‘He’s tried to drive us on and he did everything he could in midweek. I don’t see it.’
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