Jose Fonte has admitted that West Ham United as a football club was a mess during his time at the London Stadium.
The Hammers signed the 46-capped Portugal international from Southampton in January 2017 for around £8 million (BBC).
Fonte spent a fairly underwhelming one-year spell at the London Stadium, however.
The 37-year-old was swiftly shipped out to China just one year after he signed for West Ham, having played just 24 games for the east London outfit (Transfermarkt). He joined Dalian Yifang for around £5 million (BBC).
Fonte is now plying his trade with Lille.
Jose Fonte: West Ham United was ‘a mess’
The ex-Hammer spoke exclusively to talkSPORT yesterday afternoon.
And he admitted that West Ham was not in a good place as a football club during the time he spent in East London:
“From the time I was there, I think the progression has been fantastic. At the time it was kind of, a little bit of a mess. We had a few problems, obviously but I enjoyed my time at West Ham a lot. I’m pleased they are doing so well and I am pleased David Moyes is doing so well and that the club is going in the right direction, because it’s such a big club.“
Fonte is right. He joined in January 2017 and West Ham finished in 11th spot that season. The following campaign saw Slaven Bilic lose his job and he was replaced by David Moyes in November 2017.
Moyes then made the decision to move the Portuguese defender on during the winter transfer window.
And we ended up finishing in 13th position. Moyes was subsequently replaced by Manuel Pellegrini and things slowly went from bad to worse.
Thank God that the owners saw sense and brought Moysie back.
West Ham are a different team now.
And Fonte’s comments prove just how far we have come in a very short space of time.