Henry Winter shares David Moyes job verdict at West Ham United
David Moyes deserves to stay at West Ham United, regardless of the outcome in Prague, according to Henry Winter of The Times.
The senior journalist penned the case for continuity at the London Stadium with the Scotsman set to lead his side into the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina on 07 June.
Beyond that, there is still uncertainty as to what direction West Ham chiefs will take, with significant speculation ongoing on the manager’s position.
Winter outlined the character of the veteran boss, who has guided the Hammers to top-flight safety, as well as navigating the club to the brink of European glory.
“Even if West Ham lose to Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final, the board should be looking to back Moyes again this summer and build again for next season,” he said.
“West Ham’s owners are loyal by nature, and have stood by him this season despite dissent from sections of their support.
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“As ever when judging a fanbase’s mood, it is worth noting differences between those who go to the games, and those who just show up on social media.”
The decision of West Ham chiefs to allow Moyes the time and space to get on with his job has proved to be a very shrewd one.
They would have been tempted to pull the trigger when results weren’t coming as well as feeling the pressure of the situation they were in.
However, the wily gaffer has displayed his credentials and vast experience in guiding the Irons to a place they haven’t been in a long time – on the verge of winning a major trophy.
Despite calls for a new approach and a ‘modern’ coach, what if West Ham United ditch Moyes and don’t start the new season well, what happens after that? Especially, as Winter points out, with the expected loss of Declan Rice.
Moyes will emerge with his reputation enhanced, whatever the outcome in Prague and beyond. He has nothing to lose, the same can’t be said of West Ham on their decision on the manager.