After just two wins all season, West Ham have *finally* sacked Slaven Bilic. Firing him in the summer might have made more sense, after he masterminded just one win in eleven games between February and May, but this is West Ham United.
So now David Moyes is the answer. West Ham fans have vented their frustration at his arrival but for all the criticism of Moyes, who else were West Ham gong to get?
You can laugh all you want at David Moyes but what does this say about West Ham? How unattractive are they right now that the only manager they can attract is a guy who has won just 15 of his last 65 league games as a manager and failed in his last three jobs.
Sadly for West Ham, Moyes was the only candidate. I’ve heard some ambitious names from Hammers fans including Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink but surely they wouldn’t risk their reputations at West Ham. Funnily enough, European Cup winning coaches aren’t falling over themselves to manage a club in the relegation zone who have won just five of their last twenty six games.
The opportunity to sign an up-and-coming Premier League manager like Sean Dyche or Chris Hughton was lost at in the summer. Dyche or Hughton would have been perfect but Burnley and Brighton are now seventh and eighth respectively so it’s unlikely they would exchange the incredible start they have had with their clubs for the chaos at the London Stadium. Marco Silva would have been another decent option, but he’s only just arrived at Watford and won’t leave the Hornets just yet.
Harry Redknapp could have been a interesting choice and certainly would have got the fans onside but he was recently sacked at Birmingham City, a club formerly owned by David Sullivan and David Gold, leaving them second from bottom in the Championship. Alternatives included appointing an impressive lower league manager like Chris Wilder, Garry Monk or Kevin Nolan but that would have been incredibly bold. These types of coaches would be, in all honesty, a far greater gamble than Moyes is.
Face it, David Moyes has got the job at West Ham for a reason. No one else wanted it. Moyes may not the sexy name fans would have wanted to take the club forward but right now West Ham are in a tense relegation battle and need stabilising before thoughts about top ten finishes or trophies. He has only joined until the end of the season and that’s all the fans should focus on.
Not only does Moyes have a point to prove but a career to save. If Moyes fails, he won’t get another Premier League job again and he could send West Ham down in the process. The futures of both West Ham and Moyes rest on this season.