Unsubstantiated rumours that David Moyes could resign as West Ham United manager are gathering pace.
The atmosphere at West Ham has turned toxic this summer.
Despite keeping West Ham up last season, Moyes was told he must sell to buy this summer.
Unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are pleading poverty due to the global health crisis.
That has put paid to Moyes’s plans to turn West Ham into a Red Bull lite. The manager stated in interviews he wanted to build a new look West Ham around young, hungry players.
West Ham being left behind in transfer window
But West Ham are one of – if not the – only Premier League club that has not been active in the transfer market.
Six players have left including academy graduate Grady Diangana, who was sold to West Brom for £18million.
Diangana was reportedly sold against the wishes of Moyes (Daily Mail). If fans were angry before, now they were in full scale revolt.
And so were West Ham’s players led by captain Mark Noble as the squad rallied with fans against the owners over the weekend.
The Athletic claim the atmosphere in the West Ham squad was akin to a funeral following the sale of Diangana.
It came after Moyes reportedly missed out on several key targets including Eberechi Eze to Crystal Palace.
Moyes maintains unusual radio silence
Most telling perhaps is the highly unusual radio silence from Moyes before and since Saturday’s 5-3 defeat to Bournemouth in West Ham’s final pre-season friendly before the start of the new campaign.
Moyes always speaks to West Ham’s media team after a game to analyse the performance.
He did after last week’s friendly win over Brentford. He did after the wins over Ipswich and Wycombe the week before.
The fact is, he always does.
There has not been a single word from Moyes following the shambolic defeat to the Cherries.
Speculation swirls Hammers boss could walk – is it a power play or idle rumour?
And speculation is swirling on social media that the Scot could walk by Friday.
Some believe it could be a power play from Moyes to force Sullivan and Gold to pay Burnley’s asking price for James Tarkowski.
Many feel it would benefit West Ham in the long run as it may expedite Sullivan and Gold leaving the club.
Others doubt Moyes would essentially give up what could be his last shot at managing in the Premier League.
The last West Ham manager to resign in such circumstances was Alan Curbishley.
He walked after defender George McCartney was sold to Sunderland against his wishes.
But Curbishley has not had a job in football since.
Given Moyes’s second coming at West Ham is widely viewed as his last chance to save a flagging career, it is understandable he would be reluctant to resign.
Moyes is due to go before the press on Thursday or Friday. West Ham fans will know either way by then.