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Frank McAvennie believes David Moyes could leave West Ham at the end of the season even if they avoid relegation because the fans have turned on him.
The Hammers sit four points above the relegation zone after coming from 2-0 down against league leaders Arsenal to earn a draw, and also have their Europa Conference League quarter-final in the balance after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Belgium against Gent.
But despite that, McAvennie feels the manager is likely to go with the fans against him but says the players should take more responsibility for the poor performances before take a swipe at Crystal Palace’s stars.
“I think everyone’s got a sell-by date and I think the fans have turned on David,” he told West Ham Zone.
“I think the fans have had enough of the safe [football]. He did a great job of coming in, saving them and going on this run last year.
“It was different from now because we were playing wonderful football last year, and it’s the same players so why are they not trying that now?
“A lot of this stuff is down to the players, but the manager will get the blame for it. The players have to take a good look at themselves because it’s down to them.
“The players at Crystal Palace for example, they should be embarrassed because it’s ridiculous that Vieira got sacked and then the new manager comes in and then all of a sudden they’re all fighting for eachother.
“I think it’s a disgrace that they didn’t do that for the last manager. Whether you like him or not you should still give it 100%.
“Moyes is a different situation, I don’t know what’s going to happen or how it’s going to play out. The fans have turned on him.
“He keeps talking about last year, but you can’t go on like that. It’s this year. He’s damned if he does or damned if he doesn’t. The fans have gone against David and it’s a shame, but I just think it’s so negative, the football.”