How Long Has This Been Going ON? No not a song from one hit wonders ACE about a band member moonlighting with another bands, but a reference to Hammers appalling run of form!
One point from the last seven games and a drop into the relegation zone ahead of a crucial meeting with David Moyes' former club Everton, who are below the Hammers on goal difference, is a scenario many never thought possible.
Unfortunately the recent sequence of results are merely a culmination of months and months of accumulative poor performances that have now manifested themselves.
The direction of where to point the finger of blame defaults to the manager, after all it is his job to get HIS players to perform on the pitch, that is what he is paid for isn't it? Perhaps it is an over simplification but it appears Moyes has become out of touch with the 'NOW' and much like 'Harry Ptter' at Chelsea has been found out.
Playing out from the back, in Hammers' case invariably down the left flank, has become passe as teams have 'found out' those who play that way without a plan 'B' to go to. The fast counter attack style that West Ham championed for a couple of seasons was ironically highlighted and praised to such a degree by the media that the spotlight shone bright enough to show up the potential pitfalls such a style had, and so it has proved!
Having been 'found out' on a regular basis IT WAS ASSUMED THAT MOYES WOULD CHANGE, unfortunately he hasn't, believing that what served the club so well for a couple of years would be good enough to keep their forward momentum going.
Moyes has reportedly been given various deadlines, but defeat against Everton next week will surely see the rug pulled from beneath his feet. A 65,000 capacity stadium hosting Championship football would be an anathema for even the most loyal of boards, perhaps the players might even subconsciously want to lose the game in order for Moyes to go, Big Mikey Antonio surely thinks that way.
Of course the next game will be the first at home since the passing of David Gold so any Moyes animosity will be put on the back burner as fans give Gold a fitting send off, but after that the gloves WILL be off and we at the Org don't expect Moyes to be in place for the next Premier League game against Newcastle away on the 4th of February. - Ed