Alan Shearer has rounded on West Ham United’s players for using the London Stadium as an excuse but offers Manuel Pellegrini hope.
West Ham have endured a torrid start to life under the Chilean.
Four defeats from the opening four Premier League games has left West Ham bottom.
As a result the Hammers are the only club in England to be on zero points.
While it is still early, a daunting fixture list has fans concerned and some pundits tipping West Ham for the drop and Pellegrini for the axe.
Everything from recruitment to the London Stadium has been blamed for West Ham’s dismal start.
Others have suggested Pellegrini isn’t a good fit for the East London club.
‘It’s the same size pitch, same ball, same size goals’
One of the most outspoken pundits has been Premier League legend Alan Shearer.
He savaged the Hammers on BBC’s Match of the Day last week in a cutting rant labelling their performance in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves ‘pathetic’.
Many Hammers fans wholeheartedly agreed.
And now Shearer has taken aim at West Ham’s underperforming players again in an interview with Coral.
Shearer said the players must stop hiding behind the stadium issues but backed Pellegrini to be given time.
“You cant keep using that as an excuse, you cant use that as an excuse for players going out there and not having the right attitude,” Coral.
“It’s the same size pitch, it’s the same football, it’s the same size goals, there’s not excuse for going out and not working and not trying hard.
‘Fans must see an improvement sharpish’
“And that’s what I saw at the weekend against Wolves, they didn’t work hard and they didn’t try hard enough. You can’t use the stadium as an excuse for that. Fans want 100% commitment. That’s all.
“I think fans will put up with having a poor result if they see the players giving absolutely everything. They didn’t see that at the weekend, that’s why West Ham got booed off and rightly so.
‘He has to be given time’
“I think it’s far too early to be talking about a manager being sacked after three or four games particularly with the number of players you’ve brought in to try and get that team together.
“He has to be given time but also you’ve got to see an improvement because of the money that’s been spent, you’ve got to see an improvement in players attitudes and that has to happen sharpish.”
Next up West Ham travel to bogey side Everton.
The struggling Hammers then face the daunting task of back-to-back home games against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
The fixture has certainly been cruel to Pellegrini.
But only he can turn things around such is the unforgiving nature of the Premier League.