West Ham United posted a message out about manager David Moyes being in the running for manager of the month and it backfired somewhat.
Moyes has been shortlisted for the Barclays Manager of the Month award for July. Moyes is up against Pep Guardiola, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho for the gong.
Voting ends at 6pm on Friday July 31st, you can vote here.
Moyes in running for an 11th manager of the month award?
The Hammers boss could win the prestigious award for the 11th time in his career, with his 10 previous wins ranking him third all-time behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
The 57-year-old has also won the LMA Manager of the Year award on three occasions.
Moyes struggled on his return to West Ham at the turn of the year. Many fans questioned whether he was the right man to take the club forward.
But three wins and three draws in seven matches played in July helped West Ham secure survival.
West Ham beat Chelsea, Norwich and Watford and drew with Newcastle, Manchester United and Aston Villa scoring 14 goals in the process.
Hammers boss has ‘zero transfer budget’
But when West Ham posted on Twitter for supporters to ‘Back the boss’ by voting for him online, it backfired on co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
After laying out his vision for West Ham, fans were hoping to Moyes build on the excellent signings of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen.
But West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh revealed recently that the owners were not giving Moyes a single penny to spend in the window.
That is despite only narrowly avoiding relegation.
West Ham message about Moyes backfires as fans round on owners
The Scot will have to raise any transfer funds through sales.
The owners reportedly blame the global health crisis for their financial hardship.
But West Ham fans were quick to jump on the irony of the club’s message to them to ‘back the boss’.
It was quickly hijacked by supporters demanding Sullivan and Gold practise what they preach.
Here are a selection of comments from some West Ham fans in response to the post on Twitter.
Tell sulley to loosen the purse strings then
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) July 30, 2020
— Michael ⚒ Zdenek (@MichaelZdenek) July 30, 2020
Back the boss with a transfer budget
— It’s me Stu ⚒️. (@stuseeds) July 30, 2020
Invest in the team/squad to back him. Years of under investment have led to yet another relegation fight.
— Mr Spike T (@PikesReturn) July 30, 2020
Probably worth sending the same message to the owners.
— Paul (@PaulLuckhurst) July 30, 2020
Telling the fans to “back the boss” when the board won’t, state of this football club
— Danny Cranston (@DCranston13) July 30, 2020
Tell that to them in the boardroom
— ⚒WestHamUtdNewsNow⚒ (@whu_news_now_) July 30, 2020
‘Tell the board that’
Back him with some transfers then.
— John (@1999_JRD) July 30, 2020
The only ones who can #backtheboss is the board itself…not rocket science….
— Terry Crocker⚒⚒🇬🇧🏴 (@CornishHammer67) July 31, 2020
Tell the board that.
— Granger (@Granger_1991) July 30, 2020
….Says the 18th richest club in the world who have no transfer funds until we sell some players?
Maybe get the owners to follow the words of your hashtag first?
After all, Sullivan did want him, but won’t give him funds to back him?
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) July 30, 2020
You back YOUR manager YOU wanted.. HE backs the players HE wants.. and WE back the club.. pyramid effect.. gotta start from the top you melons
— Ben Curtin (@Ben_PipGainFx) July 30, 2020
the board should back him too 👍
— ⚒ (@RiceSZN_) July 30, 2020