West Ham United boss David Moyes has defended under fire co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
If there was any doubt that the resentment towards Sullivan and Gold from some Hammers fans transcends results on the pitch it has been put to rest by the events of the winter window.
Having made their best start to a season for 35 years West Ham find themselves right in the mix for European football.
Some West Ham fans angry over club’s failure to sign Haller replacement amidst best season for 35 years
And West Ham fans were hoping to see a new striker arrive to push the team on. Particularly after Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax for £20million.
Moyes had wanted a striker in the summer window. And that was before West Ham sold Haller.
So pundits and fans assumed a plan was in place to replace Haller given that his departure left Moyes with injury prone converted winger Michail Antonio as his only senior forward.
When deadline day came and went without a new striker arriving, Hammers fans were quick to vent at GSB – as they are now acronymed.
But Moyes has launched a fierce defence of the owners.
Moyes launches fierce defence of GSB and asks fans to respect the process as he bids to get striker 50 right
The Hammers boss insists Sullivan and Gold did make money available to spend on a striker.
However he refuses to repeat the seemingly unending cycle of poor striker signings during the GSB tenure – which has seen 49 forwards signed in 11 years with little success (Daily Mail).
Instead Moyes has asked fans to accept and respect the club’s change of approach to recruitment as he wants to get striker number 50 right.
“We can’t just bring somebody in because we have a centre forward out and they’ll help cover us for three months until the end of the season. The picture is completely changing. I want to bring a new West Ham.
“That has to be that we do things correctly. We are trying not to spend excessive money like we have in the past.
‘The owners have been great. The money is there, the Haller money is there’
“What’s going to happen is that a lot of people don’t like change. Whatever walk of life it is in. The way West Ham need to go is a change. The small time that we’ve had and the small changes we have made have already made a difference.
“We’ve brought in Soucek, Coufal, Bowen, Benrahma. So I want to try and add to that and I want to continue to make it better. So what I’m not going to do, I’m not going to sign players that – if we’re being honest – who’ve just come in to really appease people and make it (seem) right.
“The owners have been great. The money’s there, the Seb Haller money is there if I chose to spend it. We tried. But overall the players who we wanted to add to the players we brought in, and the type of players we brought in, weren’t available.”
Moyes appears to be referring to the likes of Youssef En-Nesyri. The Sevilla striker was said to be his priority target in the winter window (The Athletic).
But Sevilla refused to budge on their £45million valuation and were reportedly reluctant to sell given the Moroccan striker is a key player in their Champions League push.
West Ham fans must trust Moyes now and see what the Scot comes up with when he has more time – and hopefully more money – to land striker number 50 in the summer.