A thoroughly miserable night of football that has capped a difficult year and first half of the season for the Hammers. Pellegrini was brought in to take the team and the club to a higher level and with £150m invested in players surely we should have seen some return from that investment?
Sadly, since Fabianski was injured during the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on 28th September, we have seen a rapid decline from the promising start to the season that really began with being dumped out of the EFL Cup at Oxford United a few days before.
Injuries have played their part, but far more than that are the poor performances, the ineffective tactics and often bizarre substitutions that have left us 17th in the Premier League table and only 1 point from the drop zone. The players that performed so well last season are struggling and this mainly due to either being played out of their natural position, or forced to play in a system that does not suit their natural style of play.
Moyes is being lined up as Pellegrini’s successor but the problems we have at the club go beyond the manager and lie squarely at the feet of the owners, whose short term gain for profit has left the team in dire need of an overhaul. Modern football is less about entertainment and more about money, less about passion, loyalty and commitment and more about profit and the turnover of managers, players and hangers on has had its negative effects on professional football far more than the introduction of VAR.
We will support the team through this difficult time, and give the manager our support but long term the owners, and some of the players to be fair, need to look long and hard at what they are doing to the club. COYIs!