West Ham United fans are today debating whether the club should replace David Moyes with Eddie Howe.
Howe left Bournemouth on Saturday by mutual consent after their relegation to the Championship.
West Ham survived that battle with Moyes finally getting the results and performances needed to ensure safety before the final game.
Some Hammers fans unconvinced by Moyes
Some West Ham fans were – and are – unconvinced Moyes is the man to take the club forward.
A section of supporters feel the Hammers need a young manager with fresh ideas to build something.
Back in December when Manuel Pellegrini faced the sack at West Ham, Howe was heavily linked as a potential replacement.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed back then that Howe would be ‘very interested in the West Ham manager’s job’.
But co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold went with Moyes, who had been out of work since being let go by them following his first spell in charge.
With now Howe available it raised the question among West Ham fans who they would prefer to see as the club’s manager.
Supporters debate replacing Moyes with former target Howe
Opinions varied on social media. But it appears Moyes has won many of his doubters over.
Not just by securing safety, but with the superb signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek.
Several fans have posted polls on Twitter for supporters to vote who they would prefer, Moyes or Howe.
And most of the results are well in favour of Moyes at the time of writing.
‘It would be very West Ham’
Some see the Scot take over 70% of the vote.
Football writer Seb Stafford-Bloor commented, pointing out it would be ‘very West Ham’ to take a wrecking ball to the rare period of stabilisation brought about under Moyes by getting rid of him and bringing in Howe.
But there are supporters who think Howe would be a more progressive appointment.
Here are a selection of comments on the situation from fans on Twitter.
Majority of fans now prefer Moyes
West Ham should bin Moyes off and get him
— Alex Smith (@_alexsmith1999) August 1, 2020
I suspect they probably will. Moyes was always a stop-gap and roll back the clock to end of 2019 you’ll find that the talk was very much about Howe taking the reins at a London club, West Ham certainly being one:https://t.co/WmCwAsRmAa
— Matt Nash (@djmattnash) August 2, 2020
Footballs 9/10 based on a ‘here and now’ mindset… 2 seasons ago howe was destined for a ‘big job’ now he’s just been relegated.
Like it or not, Moyes has kept us up and we’ve played some good football in the process.. i’m excited for signings and how we start next season 🤷🏼♂️
— Luke Marley (@LukeMarley8) August 2, 2020
I like Howe, he’d be a good fit but the last thing we need is more upheaval. Let Moyes have a go, put a side together and see how we get on before we open up the debate on who’s going to be our next manager.
— Bob Collison (@collison_bob) August 2, 2020
When we appointed Moyes 1st time round he had just overseen a relegation at Sunderland so I don’t think Howe should be judged on this season
That said I am massively in favour of Moyes being our manager right now
— Jack (@Jack_hobson12) August 2, 2020
Any of the day it could be Moyes in charge or Howe or even Klopp and there still wound not be a transfer budget to Improve the team.
— Westy Hammer (@Westyhammer) August 2, 2020
west ham can you please bring in eddie howe as a number 2 with moyes partnership its never been done we can start a new trend moyes is a great defence coach howe is a great offence coach we living in dark ages we need to look ahead usa style people
— david walters (@ruckcuss) August 2, 2020
David Moyes… and I’d happily take #Howe at West Ham!!! ⚒👍🏼
— Greg ⚒ (@d0nkeydr0p) August 2, 2020
‘I’d take Howe, Moyes is stuck in the past’
I don’t think West Ham will extend Moyes’ contract. Eddie Howe won’t be the worst shout for the job. There might be more proven options though.
— arun (@gattacattag) August 2, 2020
I’d take Eddie Howe for next manager. As good a job Moyes did over the last few weeks, I feel Moyes and D&G are stuck in the past with what passes as PL quality and results. I think Howe pushes players more and has proven to work with very limited budgets with success more.
— Liam (@LiamJones753) August 2, 2020
I would give Moyes his chance. Maybe in January if things aren’t going great, but Howe still doesn’t have the pedigree I think! He would need someone to recruit for him, and the players he had a Bournemouth would die for him whereas we don’t have players with that attitude
— Craig Podevin (@CraigPodevin) August 1, 2020
If I’m @WestHam , I’m dumping Moyes for Eddie Howe ASAP.
— Kyle Inlow (@_KYUL) August 1, 2020
No way. I’d rather have Moyes. Howe would be a disaster and another kick in the teeth for Moyes. Not the right way to treat him again.
— 🇩🇪 DEPtones (@DEPtones) August 1, 2020
I have major reservations about Howe, ideally I’d want to see him do well at a 2nd club before we took the plunge. Realistically though, if he already had that experience he’d probably be beyond us. He’s currently our level.
That being said, Howe > Moyes. https://t.co/OgCcT8CMkP
— Charlie Walsh (@ReturnOfTheWHAM) August 1, 2020
Probably would have taken Eddie Howe before we hired Moyes but Moyes now deserves a full season in charge.
— Mystic Ross (@rossthedawson) August 1, 2020
Howe will get a favourable press whether he goes. Lots of #westham fans want Howe, but I do not subscribe to this. Not a great fan of Moyes, but I would give him next season. No matter who we have as manager, the meddling board will still be about in their annoying ways.
— Biro’s Hammer (@Apisadmirer) August 1, 2020
Now that David Moyes has overseen some brief, steady progress, it would be very West Ham to destabilise themselves with a move for Eddie Howe.
— Seb Stafford-Bloor (@SebSB) August 1, 2020
Would you stick with David Moyes for next season?
— West Ham United ⚒️ (@DiCanioVolley) August 2, 2020