After West Ham United’s embarrassing 6-0 beating at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, reports suggest that David Moyes is facing mounting pressure in his role as manager, with the club’s board also facing criticism.
As Arsenal rampaged through the London Stadium, shockingly leading 4-0 before halftime, the Irons’ manager Moyes was left speechless. The West Ham supporters were hopeful their team would rally stronger in the second half, but things only got worse when former Irons captain Declan Rice scored a spectacular 25-yard goal against his former team to make it 6-0, and Bukayo Saka added a second goal.
In addition to telling their supporters to not forget the fantastic performances of the team from previous seasons, such as the Europa Conference League victory, Moyes stated he would “take a little time and see if I can repair the damage” following the humiliation by West Ham’s London rivals. “It’s not normal for my squad to let up goals the way we have,” he said.
The pressure is on Moyes, and if West Ham doesn’t start to turn things around and get closer to the top six, the Irons manager may be fired, according to an analysis from both BBC Sport and Sky Sports. The Hammers are currently five points behind sixth-place Manchester United at the moment, in eighth place.
Additionally, the Scottish manager is currently ranked third in terms of the likelihood of being fired as a manager, trailing behind Mauricio Pochettino and Roy Hodgson. Not only is Moyes receiving harsh criticism, but it seems logical that both West Ham supporters and commentators would wonder if he is the appropriate man to lead the team into the future.
Moyes’ contract expires at the end of the current campaign. The failure to find a solution to the management dilemma has also put West Ham’s board of directors under fire. It was unknown if Moyes would be granted a new contract or be given the boot before the devastating loss to Arsenal.