Lucy’s Last Word: ‘This summer is going to be crucial for West Ham’s short-term future’

I don’t want us to fall down the trap of expecting too much too soon in terms of results

Fans head to the West Ham United v Liverpool EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 27th April, 2024.

I couldn’t start this piece without a mention for the man whose page this was for so long, Hugh Southon.
His final say on what mattered from the past month was always such a great summary that prompted a lot of head nodding. Rest in peace Hugh, we’ll miss your monthly musings immensely.

So, no more European nights under the lights for the Hammers, for now. It’s goodbye to the dreams of more silverware and there’s probably soon to be a big “see-ya” to David Moyes.

This is a weird feeling. Moyes has given a whole generation of West Ham fans the best supporting days of their lives. We’ve seen European football for three consecutive seasons with a semi-final, a final win and a quarter-final defeat to German champions in the mix.

Add that to saving us from relegation, to a sixth place finish, a seventh place finish and maybe a top half finish this season, there has rarely been better in my supporting days. If the board does replace Moyes this summer, I’ll be gutted. A lot of fans will, but also so many fans won’t.

Results recently have shown that we probably do need a refresh – a couple of new players to slot nicely into the solid foundations that have been laid. A change is as good as a rest, they say. But I’ve also seen many quotes saying the board is ‘willing to spend big’, a phrase that means nothing in modern football.

You can ‘spend big’ on Kalvin Phillips, you can ‘spend big’ on Thomas Tuchel and so on, but with inflated prices and no guarantee on returns, it means nothing. This summer transfer window is going to be crucial if we have a new manager and no European distraction.

Fans are going to expect to see a change in results and performances immediately in August, which is a lot of pressure on the whole club. Football management is a conveyor belt these days and I don’t want us to fall down the trap of expecting too much too soon in terms of results, attractive football and trophies.
I can’t see it being a smooth ride, but I hope I’m wrong.

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