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West Ham: Sam Inkersole suggests David Moyes is under pressure

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Sam Inkersole has commented on David Moyes’ position as manager of West Ham United.

The Lowdown: Position under threat

The 59-year-old was appointed as the West Ham boss in December 2019, and he has twice led the club to Europe, qualifying for the Europa League in his first full season in charge, before securing a place in the Europa Conference League with a seventh-placed finish in the 2021-22 campaign.

However, after a slow start to the Premier League season, with the Hammers currently occupying 15th place, there has been talk about the Scot’s future at the Irons.

The Latest: Inkersole’s comments

Taking to Twitter in the wake of a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, journalist Sam Inkersole was critical of the Hammers boss, saying:

“[I] wouldn’t be surprised if the seat that David Moyes is on at West Ham is getting a bit hotter after that defeat. Conference League run is all well and good but the PL side of things has been pretty poor for a while now.”

The Verdict: He’s earned time

Given the good times that have been brought to the London Stadium since the arrival of the Scottish manager, he has earned more time in the managerial hot seat.

Reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League last season was a fantastic achievement for the man who journalist Roshane Thomas said has “transformed” the club, and he would be a victim of his own success if the hierarchy were to sack him for not yet reaching his own lofty standards.

When he joined the club back in 2019/20, Moyes successfully steered them away from the drop zone, which would have been a fatal consequence of the mismanagement of his predecessors and that only goes to show just how much he has turned their fortunes around, too.

The improvement that the former Everton boss has made in his second stint in charge is indicated by his average of 1.57 points per match, a solid increase on the 1.30 attained by the previous boss, Manuel Pellegrini.

As such, GSB should stick by Moyes until at least after the Qatar World Cup, and then reassess their options if their form does not improve in the New Year.

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