Mark Noble suggested that it would be pathetic for the West Ham players to ‘give up’ before Christmas, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard.
The Hammers are bang in trouble. They are sitting precariously in 16th spot in the Premier League table, just one point clear of the drop zone.
And if West Ham lose away at Southampton today, and Aston Villa beat Sheffield United, they will find themselves inside the bottom three at Christmas.
Manuel Pellegrini is clearly not the manager he once was, and his stubbornness and resistance to change is proving very costly for the Hammers.
Noble suggested that the players absolutely cannot give up, however, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard:
“If you can win three in a row, but not play well, it doesn’t matter because, in the fourth match, you will start playing with freedom again. I’ve been through this before and the only way to change things is to stay tight as a team and keep on going. You can’t give up before Christmas, that would be pathetic.”
Noble is right. The players can’t give up, but if they want Pellegrini gone as much as the fans do, they could be tempted to throw the Chilean under the bus.
Today’s performance away at Southampton will give us a great indication as to where the players stand.
A fine performance and a win would probably save Pellegrini’s job, whilst a defeat will undoubtedly spell the end of the South American’s spell in charge at the London Stadium.