Brendan Rodgers gives David Moyes hope over the West Ham United job after the seismic shift at Leicester City.

There has been fervent debate over Moyes’ West Ham future in the wake of the dismal 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

That only intensified after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s sacking by Southampton as the media glare now firmly fixes on Moyes’ position at West Ham with the club just two points off the bottom three.

Leicester boss Rodgers will know exactly how Moyes is feeling right now. It was only a few weeks ago that the Foxes were sat bottom of the table with just one point and were being tipped as relegation candidates following a dismal summer transfer window.

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Leicester could not keep a clean sheet for love nor money and speculation was rife that Rodgers would be sacked.

How the tables have turned, quite literally.

Leicester have not only caught West Ham up, they have actually gone above the Hammers in the table with the weekend win over Everton.

The Foxes are free-scoring with 23 goals this term while West Ham have managed just 12 so far this season, the joint third worst in the Premier League.

At the start of the season and several times since, Moyes has called for patience and time to mould his new-look West Ham side having spent over £170m on eight new players in the summer.

How Rodgers would have wished for a similar splurge at the King Power in the summer.

With the World Cup break providing clubs the perfect mid-season gap in which to change managers should they deem it necessary, the pressure on Moyes is intensifying.

Moyes’ case to remain is not being helped by the fact West Ham’s decline in league form can be charted back a full year.

Since beating Liverpool 3-2 last November, West Ham have played 41 league games and won just 13 times. Four of those wins have come against relegated Norwich and Watford. Two have come against a poor Aston Villa outfit, there have been two wins over a struggling Wolves and two over newly-promoted sides Fulham and Bournemouth.

Brendan Rodgers gives David Moyes hope over West Ham job after seismic shift at Leicester

Last month Telegraph journalist Matt Law claimed Moyes was skating on thin ice and had to oversee a sharp upturn in West Ham’s results to avoid the Hammers axe.

But while the knives are being well and truly sharpened for Moyes among some fans and the media, West Ham majority stakeholder David Sullivan delivered an emphatic message about the Scot yesterday.

And Brendan Rodgers gives David Moyes hope over the West Ham job after the seismic shift at Leicester.

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Rodgers found himself in a much worse situation just a matter of weeks ago.

Despite all media talk, though, Rodgers was backed by his owners and has well and truly turned things around.

Leicester will now be gunning for a top half finish and perhaps even the European spots in the second half of the season.

They visit West Ham in the last game before the World Cup break this weekend in what is a huge match for Moyes.

Win and it may buy him the time and patience he needs to do with West Ham what Rodgers has done with Leicester to turn the club’s Premier League campaign around.


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