ExWHUEmployee: Time is running out for Moyes but would Tuchel or Poch take the job?

The board want to remain loyal to the manager but who could replace him if they sack him?

David Moyes (West Ham manager) and Declan Rice (WHU) at the Arsenal v West Ham United EPL match, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th December, 2021.

It has been fair to say that since David Moyes has been at the club, he has done wonders and really brought some good times to us fans, when it had been bleak at the London Stadium since we moved. This is the first time during Moyes’ tenure where he has been under serious threat and there are a few possible explanations as to why this season has been a struggle domestically.  

Whilst this season has been a disappointment so far in the league and League Cup, it is one that people in the club have prepared for.  It was widely thought that with this many new players coming in the summer that there could be possible transitional teething problems with all the signings that we made.

The main big money signings – Aguerd, Kehrer, Paqueta and Scamacca – had never played or lived in England before, and it’s often said that it can take some foreign players around a year to play to the best of their ability. At the moment it is fair to say that in recent games both Scamacca and Paqueta have been pretty anonymous for the games and Aguerd has only started playing following his injury.  

The Aguerd situation could also be a factor beyond just settling in. He was the first major signing to be brought in and the one that had been identified right from that start as key.  He was ruled out with an ankle injury and never managed to start a game this side of the World Cup.

This was a massive blow for the club as Moyes was even looking at different formation options to get the best out of his new Moroccan defender. Also it is the first time since 2003 there hasn’t been a certain cheeky chap from Canning Town in the changing room.

Now whilst one player shouldn’t carry that much influence and clout, I have always stated his role and influence is underestimated at West Ham. Declan Rice is a great captain and person but the loss of Mark Noble after all these years would have affected any club.

It is great that Mr West Ham is returning to the club in the role of sporting director. His influence will be restored and I think, in turn, performances will become more consistent and the new signings will settle in quicker.  There is also the loss of Stuart Pearce to consider. When he first started working at the club, some of the players were undecided on him and some went as far as saying they didn’t like him.

But I believe during his second spell, he turned it round and was an essential part of Moyes’ successful backroom staff.  It also fair to say that we have been unlucky in a number of games and whilst this isn’t the case recently, had we registered more points against Chelsea, Forest and Liverpool in the league, not only would we have more points on the board with a much healthier looking league table but we would have great individual and collective confidence.

I do think some of Moyes’ man management has been questionable this season. The repeated choice to single Benrahma out for criticism, even when he isn’t the subject of conversation, has been bizarre.  I would argue that Said has been our best player this year and to single him out and others for individual criticism seems harsh.  

I also believe that he is singling out the wrong players. Whilst it is a team game, Tomas Soucek has been very poor this season yet the manager seems to be 100 percent behind him, no matter how little he contributes. This must also frustrate those players who can’t get in the team or who have been criticised themselves because they see that he appears to be immune to it.  

The bottom line is we are a few wins away from being in the top half of the table and that with another great European campaign is what we should be aiming for. Whilst I am starting to have some serious concerns about whether Moyes is right to take this club further, I feel he has taken us out of sticky situations before.

At the moment I can’t see any stand out names for the club to replace him. If it was guaranteed that Tuchel or Pochettino would take the job, I would be perhaps more keen to see Moyes leave but there is no guarantee. Although a manager that isn’t often spoken about as an obvious replacement but one I have heard great things about and that is Celtic’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, although he hasn’t that much top level experience, he is gaining a very positive reputation for himself.  

As far as I am aware at this point I think the board, whilst concerned by the recent results, appear to want to remain loyal to the manager and have no immediate plans to sack him.  I think he will be given at least the first three games after the World Cup break to prove his worth before any further decision is made on his future.

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