David Moyes spoke to the media after yesterday’s awful defeat to Burnley and suggested that his recent lack of substitutions has not had an affect on his players physically, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers are bang in trouble again after a good couple of results last week.
Aston Villa play Manchester United and Bournemouth host Tottenham tonight. If both Villa and the Cherries pick up results, West Ham will be heading to Norwich on Saturday knowing that they must win.
Hammers fans are worried. And rightly so.
David Moyes has made little impact since taking over at the London Stadium in December 2019.
After boldly declaring that ‘winning is what I do’ in his first press conference as West Ham boss, he has guided his side to just three Premier League wins from 15 games – a win rate of just 20 per cent.
From one disaster to another
It was clear that his players were tired last night. Yet Moyes made just two changes.
The former Everton and Manchester United manager insisted that his in-game management is not a problem, however, as quoted by Football.London:
“I thought it was more the first 20 minutes that we were not quite at it. They kept going for as long as they could and as well as they could. We allowed Burnley to start well, we didn’t. But we grew into it and over the piece I thought we were on a par with them if not better. I have to say yeah, look at the other teams, the schedule is quick. There aren’t teams making four or five changes, Spurs or Everton might make one or two, not many. Burnley don’t make any. Sometimes you can look at that when you don’t win.”
He can’t have it both ways.
The 57-year-old Scot has been moaning about the scheduling of games since project restart. Yet he has refused to make substitutes when many of his players have been clearly on their knees with exhaustion.
In the five games since football resumed, Moyes has made 12 substitutions out of a possible 25. And one of those was bringing on Fabian Balbuena in the 93rd minute against Chelsea.
That just isn’t acceptable.
According to I News, West Ham have made the second fewest substitutes since the restart, with just 2.4 on average per game.
Most of us agree that David Moyes isn’t good enough to take our club forward. And his comments last night should be the final nail in his coffin.
How can David Sullivan and David Gold watch that press conference and have any kind of confidence in the man?
The answer to that question is that they surely can’t.
And Moyes’s inability to change games midway through with smart substitutions should be enough to bury any talk of him staying in charge at the London Stadium next season.