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ExWHUemployee explains conspiracy theory over David Moyes substitutions but suggests it isn't true
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ExWHUemployee explains conspiracy theory over David Moyes substitutions but suggests it isn't true

Reliable West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has explained the conspiracy theory doing the rounds about David Moyes’s lack of substitutions in the 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Everton.

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Moyes earned the nickname ‘dithering Dave’ while at Everton because of the time he took to make changes.

And West Ham fans are bringing the moniker back for the same reason.

But the Scot stretched the patience of supporters to breaking point with his approach in the Carabao Cup defeat in midweek.

At 1-1 and with the game there for the taking Moyes – managing the side remotely from home due to his positive Covid-19 test – failed to make any subs.

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‘Dithering Dave’ takes things to another level

Everton regained control and ran away with the match in the end.

But incredibly Moyes failed to make a single substitution, the only side to do so in the entire round of the competition.

That led to speculation among fans as to why.

Last week unpopular co-owner David Sullivan bemoaned West Ham’s progress in the league cup on talkSPORT because it was going to cost the Hammers £50,000 to travel to Goodison Park.

The incredible statement help fuel a conspiracy theory that Moyes was instructed not to make any substitutes so as to cut down on appearance fees for players.

When West Ham fans want answers they often turn to insider ExWHUemployee.

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The anonymous Twitter and podcast personality explained the conspiracy theory on The West Ham Way podcast this week.

But Ex suggested the theory is not true.

“There’s rumours – and I’m saying they’re rumours, and I hate conspiracy theories I really do, and what I’m going to suggest now I think is a conspiracy theory and isn’t true – BUT if you put on a substitute you have to pay more money,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast this week.

“Most players in their contracts will have the basic wage and then they’ll have bonuses, so they’ll have like an appearance fee if they start and they’ll earn an appearance fee if they come on as a sub.

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‘I have seen a player’s contract that recently left us’

“Now I have seen a player’s contract that recently left us – a midfielder, foreign one, I won’t say the name – and they earned £16,000 a week but on top of that they got £10,000 for every match start they made and £5,000 for every substitute appearance he played.

“So if you’re (Sullivan) moaning that the cup competition costs you £50,000 just to travel to it, if you put five substitutes on – at five grand a piece let’s say – that’s 25 grand on top. Now I’m throwing that out as a conspiracy theory. I don’t know if that’s true, I’m putting that out there.

“I can’t prove that is the answer but the fact you can actually see that being a logical explanation does make you think what the hell is going on here (at West Ham).”

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