Brentford fans took to mock David Moyes with a cheeky chant in Friday’s win, and an update has been made on the his future at West Ham.
There is now even more pressure on David Moyes’s stay at the London Stadium outfit as the Hammers fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Bees.
Moyes and his side have had yet another dismal start to the season, and their disappointing form leaves the club one place above the Premier League drop zone, 14 points from 17 games.
However, according to a report from Jacob Steinberg, West Ham are prepared to give their manager time to turn things around and the future of Moyes is under no immediate threat.
He was backed significantly during the summer transfer window with the number of signings and they had been expected to challenge for European qualification.
However, as we have seen so far, things aren’t going to plan. It will be interesting to see if Moyes can transform his team’s fortunes in the coming weeks.
Ivan Toney scored his tenth goal of the season before going off injured, sending the ball past Lukasz Fabianski with 18 minutes on the clock.
It didn’t get any better for the Hammers, as just before half time, Josh Dasilva ran in-behind Angelo Ogbonna before netting.
Declan Rice came closest to scoring with a long-range effort that came back off the post.
Before the full time whistle blew, fans made their feelings known, supporters headed for the exits, boos rang out and the stadium was left rather empty by the full time whistle.
Brentford fans also could be heard singing ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ to Moyes, before chanting ‘we’ve got more fans than you’ as the home supporters left early.
FT: #WHUFC 0-2 #BrentfordFC. Loud boos from the home crowd. “F***ing shit” shouts one supporter. Some left around the 75th minute. That’s five straight defeats for West Ham. pic.twitter.com/uIydzdYHw8
— Roshane Thomas (@RoshaneSport) December 30, 2022
— BIAS – Brentford FC fans (@BrentfordBIAS) December 30, 2022
Ivan Toney did the ‘irons’ celebration… great shithousery ⚒😂 pic.twitter.com/JqmcF8PhbP
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) December 30, 2022
The West Ham boss admitted that his job is under pressure, saying: “I don’t think it’s unfair. In the business we’re in if you don’t win in five games you’re going to be under pressure.
“I only want the best for West Ham, it’s been a great club for me and we’ve done well. I’m determined to keep it there and not get dragged down. I hope we can get away from where we are.”
Moyes added, as per the West Ham website: “I thought we played well.
“From the first minute, I thought we did a lot of good things. We passed the ball well and made quite a few opportunities. I thought we did well but we got done by the first sucker-punch, and then another one just before half-time. It wasn’t the correct way but they scored the goals, and we didn’t.
“As the manager, you have to stop the sloppiness.
“In the main, we’ve been a good side defensively but it’s just in the last two games that I’ve not enjoyed watching that. I think a lot of stuff we did tonight was really good defensively, but we lost from two throw-ins which should never have happened. But it did, and we talked about their long throws.
“From the first one, we didn’t win the header and we weren’t reactive to the second ball quick enough. But overall, I’ve got no qualms on the players except for a lack of quality in the final third and those lapses in concentration defensively.
“We wanted to try and see if we could find another way [to win by changing to a 3-4-3 formation].
“We’ve not been scoring goals, no matter what system we’re playing with at the moment. I hoped that with the extra defender then, if nothing else, we might get something out for the game.
“But we’re in that moment now where we’re not doing particularly well in either box. We actually played really well between the boxes but when we got into the boxes, we didn’t do such a good job.
“It just feels that there is an awful lot that just isn’t quite going at the moment, and we’ve got to turn it around.
“I’ve told the players that they’ve done a magnificent job to keep playing, and the energy they have showed and the drive. We talked at half-time about the importance of getting the first goal in the second half, and that was all we were going to do, and I thought after five minutes we’d got a penalty kick which was going to give us a big chance. But that didn’t materialise either.
“I think we’ve got a good team but we’ve not quite had the results.
“We’re really struggling to score and we’re now, at times, maybe opening up a little bit which is giving opposition chances to score. We’ve got to try and get the balance right between it.
“I would say to the supporters that they’ve got a really good team and we’ve got some terrific players, and I think the future is good with what we’ve got. We’ve got a bit of a dogfight right now that we’ve got to stay away from.”
Declan Rice admits his players are letting themselves, their manager and the supporters down.
I think we played as well as we have in ages in the first half.
We had a change of formation, Saïd [Benrahma] dropping in, linking the play, me and Lucas [Paquetá] together playing some nice passes, and if my shot if goes in, or if Daws’ (Craig Dawson) header goes in, we are talking about a different game.
And tonight, ultimately both goals were decided from throw-ins and at this level, we know that is sloppy, especially with where we are in the table at the moment.
The goals were sloppy and then you’re always chasing the game.
It’s frustrating because I know the quality we have got; I know the players we have got.
I see it day in and day out in training. The reality of it at the minute is that we are not doing well enough, we are letting ourselves and the manager down, and we are also letting the fans down.
There’s no beating around the bush, we signed the players in the summer and it’s up to us to be out there, pushing, driving, giving everything for the badge and giving everything for the fans.
I’m out there trying as hard to do that, trying to keep the lads going. All the lads in there are trying to keep each other going too.
We’re down there and that’s the reality but we don’t want to think like that because we want to have a positive mentality. We still think we can play and get a result in this league ao there’s not going to be any negativity from me.
I don’t like where we are, I don’t like the way we’ve played recently – it’s unlike us to lose five Premier League games [in a row] but football is a learning experience and it’s about how we move on.
It is just the fine margins that are letting us down.
There was not a lack of effort tonight, everyone ran themselves into the ground, and gave everything. I’ver come off probably feeling as tired as I have all season – we are really pushing to get a result and trying to get that wint. Everyone needs to stick with us, and it will turn.
Football is decided by split-second decisions, things happen so quickly, and you have to react really quickly.
I think we are starting games better. Even though we lost to Leicester before the World Cup, we played well in that game. We dominated the game and lost 2-0. And the same happened tonight, we dominated the game and lost 2-0.
We went to a back five tonight to go a bit more solid but there were two sloppy goals like I said, which is really unlike us. The Gaffer has built us on that solidity and I think there was a reaction tonight from Arsenal, but just did not get the three points that we really needed.
I read a lot of stuff and fans are always going to voice their opinions.
[The fans] have seen the signings we made in the summer and have seen us underachieve. They want to see West Ham back where we should be. So look, I fully agree with them. After the last two seasons, this season was exciting to go into, but we are letting ourselves down at the moment. I understand, but from me and the lads, but you will never see us mentally check out, never see us not giving 100 per cent.
A couple of wins changes it – it’s not far away but it’s not going exactly the way we want it at the minute. Stick with us, stay positive.
As captain, I will keep trying to push everyone and give everything for this team.
We are going to do everything to change it around. And now, we have a big one against Leeds. That’s the beauty of football, you have the next game to react and do something positive, and we will try to do that.
Our captain reacts to tonight’s defeat. pic.twitter.com/XAQzY3DtO2
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 30, 2022
This is what social media users said as Brentford fans mock David Moyes with a chant; an and update is made on his future at West Ham…
@adambrown93: Sacked yet?
@donsimon78: Time to go Davey boy. #MoyesOut
@Chris_Mills_: We don’t score, don’t press, don’t run, can’t defend and have completely lost our identity. Thanks for keeping us up twice, thanks for the Europan adventure, but it’s time to go. This can’t be defended anymore. It’s a shame but it’s a results business.
@GaryMillsy: So basically he’s saying we can’t defend & we can’t score goals. That’s not alarming at all.
@EXHammers: He’s talking utter bollocks. It’s his very well paid job to get the best from the players. Almost without exception, they are underperforming by miles.
@riceszn_: YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME
@HonestlyBenji: Thanks for the memories and two of the most amazing seasons many of us have ever seen, but I don’t really see any way back from this, it’s time for someone new with different ideas to build on a brilliant legacy which is unfortunately having a bad ending
@LIVE_KENT_: No identity, ponderous passing especially in the final third, a captain that is openly talking about leaving. I suspect that’s half the problem how can the team possibly rally around a leader that wants to do one.
@TalentsourcerAU: I like DM on a personal level, but his time is coming to an end unfortunately. Not sure who is out there to come in. Normally, you would bring in a defensive minded coach to stop the rot but DM was one of the best managers for doing that. Seems like they are drained of confidence
@morganthe_: he’s acc just said we need to attack better and we need to defend better 😭😭
@markeetee: Well, I for one am completely inspired after that rallying cry
@1russler: His selections, poor substitutions, faith in players who aren’t performing, yet others who have shown some appetite to perform can’t get near the side, he has clearly lost the plot & the dressing room
@AlfieJenkins_17: I’m really starting to dislike this guy
— L⚒ (@LFabianski1) December 30, 2022