The silence from David Moyes in the wake of West Ham United’s shambolic defeat to Bournemouth is deafening.
It has been a chaotic week, even by West Ham’s standards.
Fans turned toxic on unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold at the prospect of selling young star Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion.
When they actually went through with it – for a reported £18m – on Friday, there was full scale revolt from supporters AND more tellingly, the players.
Civil war breaks out at West Ham?
Mark Noble hit out at Sullivan and Gold on Twitter and was backed by the rest of the squad.
Diangana was sold against Moyes’s wishes according to the likes of The Daily Mail.
It seems civil war has broken out at West Ham a week before the new season begins.
And the silence from Moyes is deafening.
Moyes always speaks to West Ham’s media team after a game to analyse the performance.
He did after last week’s friendly win over Brentford. He did after the wins over Ipswich and Wycombe the week before.
The fact is, he always does.
David Moyes silence is deafening
At the time of writing, though, there is not one word from Moyes following the shambolic 5-3 defeat to the Cherries on Saturday.
Perhaps the Scot is hoping things might blow over by next week.
But he is certain to be grilled about the events of the last few days when he goes in front of the press before Newcastle.
The loss brutally exposed West Ham’s lack of squad depth and quality in key positions.
Players looked massively out of sorts. It was a shuddering jolt back to the dark days of last season.
Moyes refusing to speak about West Ham’s final pre-season game is a concern. Some West Ham fans believe the Scot should resign after seeing Diangana sold against his will.
Pearce skipped game for talkSPORT England coverage
Alan Curbishley did it in protest to the sale of George McCartney to Sunderland several years ago. But he didn’t get another job in football after that.
Then there was the absence of Stuart Pearce.
A week before a new season, where the management team should be together fine-tuning their team and tactics, Pearce skipped the game to co-commentate on England’s 1-0 Nations League over Iceland for talkSPORT.
Having only rejoined West Ham last month Pearce may well have been contracted to talkSPORT for the game.
And Moyes may have been happy for him to miss what was a friendly. But surely his sole focus should be West Ham, especially on the eve of a new season? And surely talkSPORT could easily have found someone else for the coverage?
In many way it sums the disarray at West Ham. The assistant manager, charged with improving the club’s defence, is watching England while the Hammers defence is torn apart by a Championship side the week before the new campaign gets underway.
That is not to question Pearce’s dedication to the cause. But it doesn’t sit right. A resounding Hammers win and maybe it wouldn’t have even been an issue.
The fact remains all does not appear to be well at West Ham.
There are now grave concerns with seven days until the big kick-off. Particularly given West Ham’s fixture list.