The ‘true supporters’ jibe from David Moyes last night is bang out of order as the Scot takes West Ham into the relegation mire.
With the obvious exception of the Covid pandemic – ask yourself this, what has been the one constant about West Ham United over the last 40 odd years and more.
Trophies? No. Top class managers? No. Ambitious owners? No. Being competitive in the top flight? No. Brilliant players giving everything for the badge? No. Not even the badge itself has been a constant for goodness sake.
It is the West Ham fans that have been the constant at this great football club.
Yes Hammers supporters can be a tough and demanding crowd to play for at times. But one thing is for certain they are ALWAYS there. They always have been and always will be.
Imagine other clubs of West Ham’s standing if they went over four decades without winning a trophy. If some of them go one season without competing their grounds are half empty.
West Ham fans are fiercely loyal to their club. The Hammers sold out home and away when in the Championship. Took over almost all of Wembley for play-off finals. We even sell out a stadium the vast majority of us detest.
Finally after years of disappointment and often being run like a circus, West Ham fans have been able to enjoy the last couple of seasons. A rare reward for the loyal, unwavering backing the supporters have given the club.
Moyes has been a big part of that success of course. But by the same token, the Scot is also responsible for the current and all too familiar mess West Ham find themselves in.
Yet after another dismal performance and result, it is the supporters who are having their loyalty questioned by a manager who is surely on the brink of being sacked.
A ‘true supporters’ jibe from Moyes is bang out of order as the Scot takes West Ham into the relegation mire.
Defeat at Wolves leaves West Ham in the relegation zone ahead of an absolutely gigantic game against Moyes’ old club Everton next weekend.
But instead of thanking supporters – who once again packed out the away end for the trip to Molineux only to be served up the usual dross both on the pitch and in Moyes’ post match interviews – the manager says the “true fans” must now repay him and the players.
“Well look we need the supporters to stick with us,” Moyes said on West Ham TV after the game.
“I know they’ve been used to a lot better in the last couple of years so if ever we need them, it’s now.
“We need all the true supporters to stand up and be counted and help us now.”
Interestingly, the club’s media team did not put Moyes’s use of the word “true” into the write-up of his interview – which probably tells you what they think about how it might go down.
This was not a rallying cry. It was a pointed remark which shows a lack of understanding of the fanbase and is, frankly, out of order.
In his press conference, Moyes also said the fans owe the team for the last two years.
“I think what we’ve given West Ham supporters in the last few years, I hope they’ll give us back when we’re in a difficult period,” Moyes said (Evening Standard).
“(I hope) they give us back everything the players and the staff have given the club in the last couple of years, I am sure that will help us because you always want the backing of your home support. We’ve always had it, so let’s hope that continues.”
So does the support of the fans along that journey count for nothing then? Were we not a part of that success and one of the many reasons behind it? Or are we only true supporters when the team is playing badly?
West Ham fans may have thought seasons like this and worrying about relegation was a thing of the past after the progress of the last two years. But this season has been a chastening reminder that you are only ever one bad transfer window away from potential disaster.
Don’t worry about us David, we will be there next weekend – as we always are and always have been.
The most important question is, will you and your team turn up and stand up and be counted?
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