West Ham United boss David Moyes has hit back at the increasingly deluded press.
The Hammers are enjoying what promises to be their best season for 35 years.
Moyes has worked a minor miracle at West Ham. First the Scot kept the club up last season before turning them into genuine European contenders this term.
West Ham have been one of the most consistent sides in the Premier League.
Champions League well within West Ham’s sights
And they will go back into the last Champions League spot with victory over Wolves tonight.
Indeed a win will put West Ham just four points off third-placed Leicester – who they face next weekend.
West Ham are also paying the price of their success when it comes to the transfer rumour mill.
Questions are being constantly raised in the press as to whether the Hammers can hold on to star players like Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek and Jesse Lingard.
Many pundits and reporters have claimed West Ham must clinch Champions League football to keep the aces in their pack.
Moyes hits back at deluded press over Champions League claims
But Moyes was angered by the suggestion when it was put to him ahead of the Wolves game.
And the West Ham manager has hit back. Moyes pointed out just how deluded some had become while reminding everyone that the Hammers had given these players the platform to shine in the first place (Sky Sports).
“When we signed Tomas Soucek, we brought him in to help us avoid relegation,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“Declan Rice was playing in that relegation team and Jesse has come to help us to get some games.
“To turn around and say we would need to be in the Champions League to keep them? I think all those players would be saying a massive thank you to West Ham for helping them get their careers back on track and for putting them in the right direction.
“I hope we can make the Champions League but if we don’t, I don’t see that has to be the reason that we can keep them. The biggest thing any footballer wants to see is the club makes progress and individually they are making progress.”
Usual mischief making but fact is Hammers gave these players the platform
Well said that man.
West Ham’s big three have all achieved their goals in terms of representing their countries. In Rice and Soucek’s case they have become key players for England and Czech Republic while playing for West Ham.
And Lingard earned an England recall after two years in the wilderness thanks to the chance given to him by West Ham.
Champions League football would be the stuff of dreams. But the press trying to make out it is make or break is laughable. It is the usual mischief making any club has to endure the moment a player does well over a consistent period.
At Chelsea, Liverpool or even Tottenham maybe you could argue Champions League football is a necessity. But not West Ham.