One of the knock-on effects of the inaugural winter break were clear to see overnight for West Ham United.
West Ham will have had two and a half weeks off by the time they face Manchester City in their rearranged fixture next Wednesday.
And the lack of news and talking points often results in some questionable West Ham content making its way onto the web.
The best – or worst depending on which way you look at it – example yet came at midnight last night when a report from America caught the eye.
‘Moyes sacked after Hackney friendly defeat’ says spoof report
The report will undoubtedly have starved Hammers fans clicking.
Many supporters may wish the story was true given how unpopular – and thus far unsuccessful – Moyes’s re-appointment has been.
The report says West Ham decided to sack Moyes after losing against the local amateur club in a friendly arranged as a “confidence booster”.
That was despite Hackney being reduced to nine men.
Nothing to see here but fans will see the irony
But we can categorically say there is nothing to see here.
The tongue in cheek article came from the clearly labelled website The Spoof. The satirical article has a disclaimer tucked away at the bottom stating: “The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.”
The Spoof’s piece may be a joke. But the irony is that many West Ham fans wouldn’t put it past their team to lose to an amateur side so bad has their season been.
It comes after new links to Rafa Benitez emerged last week.
Moyes surely here until the summer at least
Twitter account Indykalia News, which describes itself as the ‘home of breaking football news and transfer updates using respected sources’, told its 300,000 followers that Moyes was in danger of being sacked.
That was followed by another claim that Benitez could leave China – where he currently manages Dalian Yifang – and that he would be ‘very keen on the West Ham job’.
But Moyes looks set to be at West Ham until the summer at least after appointing Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin to his backroom team and signing Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen before the January transfer window closed.
If West Ham drop Moyes will have to go. If they survive he will likely be kept on, at least to see out the remaining year of his 18-month contract.