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Oh No! Smoke, Mirrors & Suns Deja Vu

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Submitted by nevillenixon on Wed, 08/03/2023 - 10:07

Excuse the Star Wars vernacular, but far far away, back in the day, Smoke and mirrors were the preferred method of communication used by the club to 'muddy the water' as Hammers fans sought clarity regarding the future of their beloved club. For a brief while that antiquated and unworkable approach was abandoned during what many now see as a halcyon period in time when the owners finally stopped living their business lives on media platforms and let the club progress with the minimum amount of negativity and fuss. Unfortunately the 'Dark Star' has returned!

Admitedly this 'golden' age (excuse pun) didn't last long and it's mere existence was reliant on the club doing well, which it was. The West Ham climb from perennial strugglers to genuine top six contenders really DID look like it had happened and that the future was one of onwards and upwards, unfortunately as with many romance stories or fairy tales this one has come to a bitter end.

The general feeling of optimism was based on a truly brilliant 18 month spell which of course included the Covid lock down, a period of time when there were no crowds present and perhaps that is the key. No one was in attendance of games meant that certain team selections and formations could be tried out WITHOUT welts of negativity from fans and that proved to be the case.

Without the crowd on his back David Moyes was able to restructure the club in his own preferred format and IT WORKED, there is no way of getting around it. The problem is that there were already signs of the ship 'creaking' once the Premier League resumed 'properly', those problems were masked by the Europa League successes which also hid the fact that the squad was the 2nd oldest in the League and that the club's style of play had been one dimensional and that other clubs had 'sussed' the Irons out and worked out ways of nullifying the counter attacking style that had worked so well.

Adapting to the situation is a basic requirement for any managerial role, in football it is ESSENTIAL and David Moyes has stubbornly refused to alter HIS WAY! A way that has been totally exposed leaving his managerial attitude as that of a dinosaur heading for extinction, relegation to the Championship would not make West Ham extinct, but it would put the club back years and years, you only have to look at how long it took clubs like Leeds and Forest, who had previously enjoyed great success, to get back to the 'promised land' of the top flight.

Of course if the club suddenly goes on an inspired run, sparked by good performances in the 'Con Cup' then we we be perfectly prepared to eat large helpings of 'Umble Pie', after all we were one of the very first Hammers websites and have supported the club through thick and thin, our ONLY agenda is for the club to succeed, period!

Whatever way you look at the situation, whether data driven or just from the general 'vibe' Moyes's time at the as yet unnamed London Stadium has run it's course, even if the club somehow escape relegation, which it might do but only by the 'skin of it's teeth', Moyes is the past and definitely NOT the future. He took a struggling club, rebuilt it, but then forgot to open his eyes and just shut up shop. Moyes seems incapable of 'dealing' with top players, preferring instead to 'mould them into players of his OWN volition as if to prove he got the busy dibs from 'picking the pie'. But just as Sam Allardyce's cutting edge medical techniques broke new ground and worked for a while at Bolton, both managers refused to move with the times and are in danger of ruining their legacy.

Hammers are NOT in the business of providing managerial redevelopment programmes, or they shouldn't be... ley Moyes go off to a managerial rehabilitation centre and get some one fresh in, most DEFINTELY NOT Jose Mourinho, almost anyone but him and even the sour puss one himself wouldn't turn down Roma for West Ham, he is rich beyond dreams of avarice, why swap the sun for .... the Sun's headlines or the Mirror's? - Ed

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Deluded Hammer's picture

West Ham don't have the funds to accommodate his preference of players so thats one out of the window. There has been much call for forward thinking, hungry young managers. Lampard did well at Derby, in the Premier League, now found out, Gerrard at Rangers, in the Premier League, now found out. Carrick, 5 months as a Championship manager and now the new young God. Potter, the club he left behind doing so much better now whilst he flounders with all these super money signings, Eddie Howe at multi million pound banked Toon can only field a team of timewasters and thuggery and now sliding down the table. I'm not even going to waste my breath on Scott Parker, Marsch or Slaven Bilic.
That said, I'd dearly love to understand the apathy over the possibility of Benitez with proven Premiership knowledge and experience. It can't be because of his style of football because its better than anything Moyes dished up over the last 4 years. Nor does he have a habit of destroying players confidence or playing players out of position. And he's won things, something none of the previous managers can lay claim to. I wouldn't be against him.
Wouldn't be against Mourinho either.
Not expecting anyone to agree with me because at the end of the day, it's all about opinions.

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nevillenixon's picture

Benitez is the best of a bad bunch, and as you say his style of football is considerably more enjoyable than Moyes's, plus he doesn't destroy player's confidence. He has of course also actually won things!

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boogerscaravan's picture

I actually agree with you deluded. Your analogy of the aforementioned Managers is pretty much spot on. Everybody is clamouring for Michael Carrick. But it is too soon for him, despite being schooled at Man Utd.

At present, whilst I don't necessarily agree with opting for Benitez. He could do no worse than Moyes and was a proven winner. But I don't know as he would be a winner these days.

The hacks have touted Sarri once of Chelsea. That man just rubs me up the wrong way and I do not think he is the right fit for us.

I'd honestly like Pottechino, but he would not come to us. As for going forward Benitez on a short term contract would be the best of a bad bunch thats left.

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Oi big boy, what's your name?

nevillenixon's picture

The 'good bunch' left town ages ago....it is a pity Di Canio cannot be brought in as a motivational coach, he would create a chaotic yet effective environment IN THE SHORT TERM, definitely NOT a long term solution but if you had him, Psycho and paid Alan Irvine virtually ANYTHING he wanted to come back for the rest of the season the club would definitely survive in the Prem....After that there would be time to appoint a longer term successor to the Moyesosaurus

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I thought some time ago he would have been a good fit for Westham,but looks like he can't cut it! There's only one for me & that's di canio on a short term,I reckon by passion alone he would kick these prima Donna's arses into gear....would never happen though we are stuck with the moyesaurus

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Sliding on his knees on the touchline,the crowd would erupt! Like you say deluded it might not work,but we would go down fighting that's a cert

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newburkie's picture

One things for sure, watching the scum tonight ,i betcha they wont be long finding a new manager, looks like Conti is off back to linguini land ,the air of despondency around that place is comparable to us.
Thank god .

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boogerscaravan's picture

Mo-Po will come back which means we won't get him. Benitez will come in until the end of the season I predict.

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Oi big boy, what's your name?

Dartford Bhoy's picture

We will keep The Moyesasaurus until the end of the season, fire him just as Chavski fire Potter and he can march in...

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