West Ham stance on sacking David Moyes after boos vs Palace

David Moyes happy with West Ham’s transfer business

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West Ham allegedly have no intention of sacking David Moyes despite the club’s underwhelming start to the Premier League campaign. The Hammers have claimed European qualification in each of the last two seasons but have failed to hit those heights so far this year, sitting 15th in the table and just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Moyes is currently in his second spell at the London Stadium after replacing Manuel Pellegrini in 2019 and has been credited with turning the club from relegation candidates into European contenders. In the 2020-21 campaign he led the team to a record points haul and Europa League qualification, where the Irons made it to the semi-finals before a seventh-place finish last season secured a place in the Europa Conference League this year.  

However, performances this season have fallen short of expectations, with Sunday’s last-minute 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace maintaining the club’s position at the wrong end of the table. It appears fans are starting to turn on the man they once described as the ‘Moyesiah’ after his decision to sub Said Benrahama was booed this weekend. 

Yet the current discontent will not leave the club looking to make a managerial change according to The Athletic, who have reported Moyes will be given time to turn the situation around. His contract runs until 2024 and will not be torn up at the current moment given the success the club have previously experienced under his tutelage. 

Moyes hit back at fans booing his decisions after the game, claiming Benrahma had been taken off because he was struggling with an injury. The Algerian opened the scoring for the Irons in the first half but Palace hit back through Wilfried Zaha before Michael Olise scored the winner towards the end of injury time. 

“I think if you are watching the game from there, I actually think we got better,” Moyes told the BBC after the match. “I thought our football was better and we controlled a bit more of the game. I thought we looked more likely to score at that period of the game as well.

“You wouldn’t see it, Said was badly strapped up on his knee and was touch and go for the game. It was about 60 minutes and I didn’t think he was moving as free as what he could do. Overall, we made the choice and I actually thought at that period we got slightly better.

“I thought he scored a good goal, I don’t know if he had much of an impact after. There’s a lot of people, a lot of experts out there isn’t there? You have to make the decisions that you think gets you the best chance.” 

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