David Moyes should have known better than to think he could turn things around at West Ham

by Andy Dillon / 12 March 2018, 12:20

DAVID MOYES claims to have settled into London life already barely three months since getting the job of managing West Ham.

Being a native of Glasgow he even feels an instinctive connection with the club’s fans and London’s East End, vastly different though it is nowadays to the old white working class communities and dockyard backstreets.

Moyes’ granite features crack and crease when he says how you must always be ready when talking to West Ham supporters, because they have always got something to say – and sometimes it’s not pretty.

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You can imagine he doesn’t struggle for a comeback and he is only too happy to portray himself as a salt-of-the-earth football man, nuts and bolts, any old iron if you like.

That has gained him some credibility in the stands, as far from the pitch as they are at the London Stadium and despite his tactics coming in for some brutal assessment after the latest seismic defeat.

It is typical of West Ham that a planned demonstration against the club’s board of directors was abandoned, only for two years of pent up frustration to explode into global view with pitch invasions and violence during Saturday’s home match against Burnley.

This after all is the club that doesn’t do the expected. They won the World Cup in 1966 but this year were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Wigan.

If Moyes is a grounded as he says, he should have far more sympathy for the anger among the rank and file fans than he lets on. Cockneys, like Glaswegians have a reputation for being pin sharp and streetwise, but they feel they have been taken for mugs over the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

It is everything Upton Park wasn’t and the punters reckon they have been sold a dud in much the same way as would happen in any street market.

The anger displayed by the crowd at the weekend is not mindless yobbery. There has been plenty of that associated with West Ham over the years but not this time.

West Ham is still a largely blue collar club even though such jobs barely exist anymore, it’s that kind of mentality among the rank and file who pay to go and watch them. The prawn sarnie brigade are learning fast that they are not welcome whether or not that is good or bad for the future of the club.

Moyes is 54 years old and admitted on day one in this job that he was fighting to save his reputation as a coach, having been sacked by Manchester United, Real Sociedad and taken Sunderland down.

The same fate is looming large this season with West Ham three points above the relegation zone but in utter turmoil – full scale meltdown with the fans at the board, the players not sure whose side to take and the supporters fighting with each other. It is full scale civil war and it’s only going to end in relegation.

There’s a distinct feeling that Moyes is taking West Ham into the Championship whatever team he picks between now and May. The poisonous atmosphere at every level of West Ham is taking them to Leeds, Millwall and Barnsley next season regardless.

Everyone is to blame from top to bottom as a new ‘West Ham way’ takes shape in the form of anger, frustration and full scale civil war.

The board who went for a cut-price rented accommodation are now finding out the hard way they have little say in how to run and worst of all how to change this monstrosity of a stadium to make it fit for football.

The players, who are either not good enough or not working hard enough to get results to lift the club up the Premier League table.

And the supporters who are creating massive divides between themselves to fuel the downward spiral of a club which was once everybody else’s ‘second favourite’.

And lastly Moyes, who has committed professional suicide by taking on the job in the first place who banked on his background giving him and edge in turning things around but who is now realising the problems at West Ham are totally out of control.

He should have known better and it’s not only West Ham who are going down but their manager too.

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