The relegation zone – what’s that? Although we haven’t been in a relegation battle for two seasons, I’m sure we haven’t forgotten what it feels like to be down there fighting to survive.
Most of us moan when we lose ‘easy’ points but we also forget how far we have come under David Moyes.
Before Moyes, my favourite West Ham manager was Slaven Bilic. I don’t know any West Ham fan who doesn’t love this man.
His time at West Ham unfortunately faded with him being with us for 111 games, that included 42 wins, 30 draws and 39 loses. His overall win percentage was 37.84%.
Moyes replaced Bilic back in November 2017 where he was offered a six-month contract with the club.
We were fighting relegation, and he managed to keep us up that season. He managed us in his first spell of 31 games, we won nine, drew 10 and lost 12.
This gave him a win percentage of 29.03% – far less than Bilic, and as fans we all wanted him gone.
But he completed what he was asked to do which was keeping us up.
Throughout Manuel Pellegrini’s time at West Ham we played 64 games, won 24, drew 11 and lost 19.
This gave him a win percentage overall at 37.5%, which is just shy of Bilic’s win percentage which is crazy to think.
As it stands now, Moyes has successfully won back West Ham fans as his win percentage is 47.06%. At the time of writing, we’ve played 102 games, winning 48, drawing 21 and losing 33.
This is great considering he isn’t a world class manager and was brought back to try and turn West Ham into a mid-table team instead of fighting relegation nearly every season.
The most points we’ve ever recorded in the Premier League is 62 and we are currently sitting on 42 points with 12 Premier League games to play.
Meaning that we can afford to drop 16 points to take us level with the highest amount of points. That is impressive considering we went back to a manager who just about kept us up.
How could I also forget Moyes carrying us through to the Europa League round of 16.
This man is truly an inspiration and proves that everyone should always get a second chance.
You have pundits and other team fans saying that we were a one-season wonder as there were no fans inside the stadium, and that we will be back to fighting relegation next campaign.
But look at us flying in Europe and in the table. I’m so proud of the team and Moyes is still pushing to be the best.
As most people know already, Moyes has the team gelling on and off the pitch – even with the fans back in the stadium.
At away games Moyes makes sure that all of the players go over to the travelling fans and thank them.
Most players also throw their shirts into the crowd to build that strong connection.
It’s truly incredible to see these small little things that actually make a big difference to us as a club.
Things in the press and on social media can really affect players and the whole team.
However, I’m not too sure what Moyes does to keep this team so close but whatever he is doing he is succeeding in it.
I would now like to take the time on behalf of many West Ham fans to apologise to Moyes as most of us did not think he was right for the job.
You have proven myself and many other West Ham fans wrong and for that I am thankful.