Daily Star

Rout of order to demand axe falls on Moyes

CRITICS HAMMERING BOSS HAVE SHORT MEMORIES

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WEST HAM fans must be having a bubble, never mind blowing them, if they think David Moyes isn’t good enough to be their manager.

The sight of thousands of Hammers supporters walking out in the first half last weekend was understand­able, given Arsenal were on their way to sticking six past them.

But the fact it was Declan Rice scoring the final goal of the rout should surely be a reminder of where they are.

Rice was the Hammers’ best player last season as they won the Europa Conference League.

That’s right, West Ham won a European competitio­n less than 12 months ago. Some of Moyes’ critics seem to forget that.

But Rice was sold because he wanted to leave and join the Gunners. He wanted to step up a level.

Their best player was removed. Yes, money from the £100m sale was reinvested but it doesn’t make it easy to replace such an influentia­l footballer who played in the heart of their team.

Yet the way Hammers fans talk about Moyes you’d think they were tussling it out with the likes of Luton and Burnley at the other end of the table.

West Ham are eighth, they’re level on points with Saudi-backed Newcastle and they’re one ahead of Brighton and the manager everyone raves about in Roberto De Zerbi.

The East Londoners are just five back on Manchester United. European qualificat­ion is a real possibilit­y still.

Oh, and they’re in the Europa League last 16 having won their group. They’re six games away from another European final.

They’ve reached three major European finals in their history and – excluding the Intertoto Cup – have only qualified for a continenta­l competitio­n on 10 occasions.

Yes, Moyes has got team selections wrong, he’s made substitute blunders and sometimes the football can be negative.

But the Scot is managing West Ham, not Manchester City. Back in December, they beat Tottenham, United and Arsenal in the space of a few weeks.

Now Moyes has suffered bad results against two of those three sides but they were without one of their best players in Lucas Paqueta.

It has always been an odd relationsh­ip with Moyes and the West Ham fans. They’ve never seemed to be fully onboard with him. Of course, they could go out and get a younger, more forward-thinking coach but could also get that very wrong.

They should look at the job Moyes has done after losing their best player and think,

‘What do you expect?’

 ?? ?? ■ SORRY LADS: Arsenal’s Declan Rice keeps his goal celebratio­n low key
■ SORRY LADS: Arsenal’s Declan Rice keeps his goal celebratio­n low key
 ?? ?? ■ GUN HOME: Fans leave Arsenal game early
■ GUN HOME: Fans leave Arsenal game early
 ?? ?? ■ WINNERS: Moyes and Rice enjoy victory in Europe
■ WINNERS: Moyes and Rice enjoy victory in Europe

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