By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

Pundit drops David Moyes sack verdict as West Ham United players who don't deserve it forced to play

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David Moyes has enough credit in the bank at West Ham to avoid the sack for now, but Frank McAvennie understands why fans are unhappy.

The Hammers are just one point above the relegation zone after suffering nine defeats in their opening 15 games of the season, leaving Moyes’ job under increasing pressure from Irons fans.

But after helping the club qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League after leading them to a Europa League semi-final last season, McAvennie believes he has earned a chance to turn it around but thinks the players are letting him down.

“The pressure is part and parcel of the game and David knows that,” he told West Ham Zone.

“It’s great when he was flying high last year and he had everyone singing his name, but they’re easily turned. Fans go and pay their money, and they’re great fans at West Ham.

“The football hasn’t been good. It’s as simple as that. The buck stops with the manager unfortunately. There’s too many players come in. There are players playing that shouldn’t be playing.

“I think he’s been very loyal to them and he’s been changing positions, and changing things all over the place. He brought in too many players.

“Unfortunately for me, as I said at the start of the season, they’ve got to bring in players that match Declan Rice and they haven’t.

“For me I don’t see anyone matching him. I think a good January would be one of them coming in. I don’t know if it’s David’s recruitment guy or the club. I would hate to think the manager isn’t getting a say in who is coming in, but only time will tell you on that one.

“The buck stops with the manager and David knows that. They’re not doing well or anywhere near well enough, you know? So I can’t have a go at the fans. I get it.

“For me he’s got enough coins in the box from last year and the year before to merit holding on a little bit longer to see if he can turn it around, because I’m quite sure. We’re still in the next stage of Europe, so I think no manager has done three years in a row in Europe.

“So I think he’s got enough stack in the bank to keep him there for a bit longer.