West Ham United captain Mark Noble has sent a clear message to owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
West Ham once again threw away a lead to lose at Liverpool. As a result they set a new Premier League high off 22 points lost from winning positions.
Even if the Hammers had held on to half those points they would be sitting comfortably in midtable.
But they are not. And instead David Moyes faces an uphill task to keep West Ham in the Premier League.
The Hammers are in the relegation zone with 11 games to play.
West Ham facing uphill battle to survive
And realistically they must win around half their games to survive.
Regardless of what happens, though, skipper Noble believes the club can only truly progress when they fix their recruitment and give the manager time to build a squad, like last night’s opponents Liverpool.
West Ham sacked Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos in December.
The pair were halfway through a three-year project but the owners had misgivings over some of their signings (Football London).
Speaking in his Evening Standard column ahead of the game at Anfield, Noble made his thoughts abundantly clear.
Noble says recruitment is the key to a better West Ham
“Over the years, I have come to realise that recruitment and a clear identity is all important for successful clubs — but it doesn’t change overnight,” Noble said in The Evening Standard.
“In Jurgen Klopp’s first season, we beat them three times, twice in the League, plus an FA Cup victory. I remember reading and listening to people asking questions about the manager, questioning whether he really was the man to take the club forward.
“It’s taken him more than three seasons to first recruit the players who will play his way and get rid of those who either can’t or don’t want to. It was similar with Pep Guardiola. In his first season, City won nothing, but look at them since!
Only way Moyes will get time is by keeping Hammers up
“Even top managers need the time to recruit and then really nail down their identity. Klopp was given that time and maybe Liverpool just slipped below the radar a touch, because City were spending their millions and everyone was focusing on them.”
The only way Moyes will get time to build the young, hungry team he has sold to West Ham fans (whufc.com) is if he keeps West Ham up.
Do that from the position West Ham find themselves in right now and he will have earned at least the remaining year of his contract.
If he fails then West Ham fans simply won’t accept Moyes sticking around.