The enforced International break came just t the right or wrong time for West Ham, depending on what happens next? The time has allowed the board to 'consider all their options' with regards to David Moyes continued tenure as manager as well as allowing some of the club's players to go put an 'express themselves' for their teams.
The latter returned mixed fortunes for the club's players with Gianluca Scammacca being the one who missed out the most! Vlad Coufal DID get the chance to impress for the Czech Republic, but AGAINST the orders of the club's doctors and 'Pacman' got rubbish reviews in the Brazilian Press despite providing an assist during the game for which he was so highly criticised.
Sunday's crunch game against Southampton is a REAL SIX POINTER, a term normally reserved for top or bottom of the table games, but this really is a six pointer that could have truly MASSIVE implications, a home win could see Hammers reach the heady heights of 12th place depending on other results, defeat couls send the club into a downward spiral that looks difficult to get out of, so tight is this season's Premier League battle for survival!
Of course many will say that it is virtually inconceivable that the club should find itself embroiled in the dog fight at the bottom of the league when the original expectation, given the well funded new recruitments, was to be battling for a top sixth or seventh place again.
West Ham are the ONLY club in the bottom seven to have NOT sacked their manager, others who have are now well away from danger. It is too late to sack Moyes now, or is it? Defeat on Sunday would provide the 'last chance saloon' moment to oust the dour Scot. However the fixtures following the Saints game are daunting to say the least, so if someone new was brought in they would have to do a hell of a 'fire job' just to keep the club afloat!
We titled this article sack race Sunday, but judging by the MOUNT OF 'COMPETITORS' already out of the picture it appears Dino Moyes may have NO competition at all. Of course the fans will be there in force and are intelligent enough to know that any negativity they feel about the manager can be reserved until after what is after all a crucial game.
It will definitely be a Saints or Sinners day! - Ed