West Ham United boss David Moyes continues to take a hounding in the press.
The Scot has been ridiculed over the years after failing at a string of clubs.
West Ham’s owners did not help when they deemed Moyes was not progressive enough for them despite doing his best work in years during his first spell in east London.
Moyes has found himself labelled as part of the managerial old school deemed increasingly irrelevant and out of depth in the modern game.
With no football and plenty of column inches to fill, former and current pros and journalists have been scratching around for content.
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Recently the Hammers manager was savaged by two of his ex players Rio Ferdinand and Jan Kirchhoff.
Speaking in separate interviews, former West Ham star Ferdinand and ex Sunderland midfielder Kirchhoff hammered Moyes over his tactics and views on football.
Now another former West Ham player, Javier Hernandez, has criticised Moyes.
Chicharito, now at LA Galaxy, told Ferdinand’s The Locker Room podcast that appointing ‘stubborn’ Moyes is still haunting Manchester United to this day.
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Hernandez accused Moyes of lacking humility and intelligence by ripping up everything Alex Ferguson had done just to try and put his own stamp on the club.
“To be honest, we didn’t have any thing personal – Moyes and myself – but it was a mistake that they took him,’ Hernandez told Ferdinand on The Locker Room.
“It was a mistake. That was the first mistake that it’s still haunting – not because of him, he’s not a bad manager, but they thought they were going to take the replacement of the boss, of Sir Alex so quick. It’s impossible!
“They brought David Moyes. It’s not about being a good or a bad coach or his ideas – I’m not going to question that. ‘The problem is, I don’t understand how it’s possible that you’re not that humble or not clever enough to maintain or at least half of what you’re succeeding, the way he was doing it because he’s the greatest of all time.
“That’s why he lasted the seven months he lasted. He was so stubborn and he didn’t have that adaptability and that growth acceptance. You need to grow to be in United.”
With Hernandez’s criticism ringing in Moyes’s ears, another story emerged about the West Ham boss this week.
‘Moyes opted for Fellaini over Pogba’
According to The Athletic, the man who wants complete control over West Ham’s transfers opted against bringing Paul Pogba back to Manchester United in 2013 and ended up signing Marouane Fellaini instead.
Pogba was reportedly open to a return. But Moyes instead chased Cesc Fabregas before settling on Fellaini.
In the meantime Pogba went on to become one of the world’s best midfielders and the World Cup winner eventually did return costing the club a then world record fee of £90million.
Some may feel Moyes deserves a chance to rebuild his reputation.
But many will point to the consistency of the criticism as evidence West Ham need a more modern manager with fresh ideas.
Former West Ham star Dean Ashton is one of those. He told The Daily Star that Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold must find a new manager for the long-term.