In a recent report from Football.London, it was mentioned that West Ham United manager David Moyes has been backed by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers as the former struggles with his squad in the Premier League. The Hammers are currently placed sixteenth in the League table, just two places above the relegation zone after suffering a 2-0 loss against the Foxes before heading into the World Cup break.
The East London club has only won four out of the fifteen games they’ve played so far and lost nine of them with the remaining two being held to a draw. That is their highest tally of league defeats at this stage of a season since the 1976/77 campaign 46 years ago. Pressure on Moyes has been building slowly after a poor run of form in the Premier League that has seen his squad fall right above the relegation places.
Why Have West Ham United Performed So Poorly?
David Moyes is no doubt a top-class manager as he has brought West Ham from where they were a few years ago into European football and that was above anyone’s expectations. This is the reason the club owners had put faith in him and increased the funds to bring in decent reinforcements to strengthen the squad last summer.
However, just like any other squad, the new players need time to adjust to the team and adapt to the league. The transition into a new squad and the manager building around the new faces could take significant time. Although that isn’t just the case with West Ham because Moyes has been very poor with his decisions regarding the late substitutions and his choices of the match-day squad. He has been persistent with out-of-form players such as Tomas Soucek; reluctant to alter the team’s playstyle despite the availability of new players and this has rendered West Ham to perform poorly in league matches.
This could be a major reason for the recent run of form of West Ham. A lot of new players have been added, plus a few senior players are on the decline while the manager remains persistent with his tactics that aren’t working for the team; so the squad isn’t at its best currently. But Rodgers feels the English tactician will turn things around despite the growing concerns of fans over Moyes, so if he doesn’t become flexible and make the right decisions for the team only time will tell if the owners will still put their faith in him even though Brendan Rodgers has sent a message to the board.