Outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has told Manuel Pellegrini to stop blaming David Moyes for West Ham’s poor start to the season.
Pellegrini said after the weekend’s defeat to Wolves that the fear of a relegation battle looming has had an impact on the fans; Sutton has interpreted it as an attempt to blame David Moyes for the side’s current struggles.
Sutton has called on Pellegrini to take responsibility for the dreadful opening weeks of the season, as well as highlighting some areas the Hammers are currently going wrong.
What did he say?
Speaking to the Mail, he said: “I found it staggering to hear Manuel Pellegrini say that West Ham are still affected by last season’s relegation battle. It’s nonsense.
“Seven of the team who started Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Wolves were signed by Pellegrini. Andriy Yarmolenko — another new signing — came off the bench; while winger Robert Snodgrass spent the last campaign on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship.
“Rather than laying the blame at David Moyes’s door, Pellegrini needs to take some responsibility. The simple fact is that performances have not been good enough.
“The most alarming statistic is that West Ham have run 65.6 miles per game in their four matches this season — 2.5miles fewer than under Moyes.”
Sutton has got it wrong
Pellegrini isn’t trying to blame Moyes for the current hangover. He was merely pointing out that last season’s relegation battle is still fresh in the minds of supporters and players.
Of course, this season was supposed to go better than the last. Pellegrini needs to take responsibility and his decision to grant players time off and return to Chile is a risky one.
The fans want to see players and manager alike doing all they can to get back on track; Pellegrini must ensure the break reenergises his players and spurs them on to improve after the international break.