Jamie Carragher details West Ham 'Guarantee' as David Moyes sack verdict shared
Jamie Carragher has urged West Ham and their fans to stick by David Moyes, guaranteeing that they won’t be in a relegation battle with him as manager.
The Hammers fell to an eighth Premier League defeat of the season to Crystal Palace at the weekend (6 November), prompting some West Ham fans to begin wondering if change is needed in the managerial hotseat.
But speaking on The Overlap Fan debate (9 November, 50:32), Carragher rubbished those claims and compared his time at the London Stadium to what he did during his time with Everton.
“You’ve got a manager in David Moyes who when he went into West Ham it was a similar sort of club to Everton,” he said.
“He was at Everton for 10 or 11 years and consistently punching above their weight and getting into Europe. That’s what he’s done at West Ham.
“But every one of those Everton seasons wasn’t fifth, sixth or seventh. He’d have the odd finish 12th one season. At that time with Bill Kenwright in charge and with the supporters behind him, there was no panic or histrionics.
“At West Ham yesterday (6 November) there were a few boos but I don’t think there should ever be any panic when you’ve got David Moyes as the manager. You should still believe they’ll be fine.
“They might not finish sixth or seventh like they did last season. It might be a season where they finish 12th, or 10th. West Ham have had a million of those seasons.
“They won’t (be fighting a relegation battle). I can absolutely guarantee you they won’t be fighting a relegation battle with the players that they’ve got and the manager that they’ve got.
“What they need to do is back David Moyes. He will stabilise the club. For years they fought against relegation. David Moyes will always keep them up, I know you want more than that of course, but there might be a season where you finish 10th or 12th. Don’t panic.
“Don’t panic, because the following season you’ll probably finish 8th. He’s just replicating everything he did at Everton.
“If there’s any pressure or talk of David Moyes leaving West Ham, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
There has been a phenomenal spirit around West Ham since Moyes took over for his second spell at the club, and it carried us to a fantastic two year spell recently.
But this season he has tried to take the team up to the next level by spending £150m and if anything the team has gone backwards because the talent level has improved.
With extra talent and more expectation for him to get results, he seems to panic and struggle, with his teams set up in a way that they overachieve as the underdog.
If West Ham are content with being safe every year and pushing for Europe every other year, then Moyes is the man. But if they really want to push to compete with the best teams then a new direction is probably needed.
The ambition of the board should tell all soon enough, but it’s certainly something to consider when discussing his future.