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Has David Moyes done enough to justify being West Ham’s manager?

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Has David Moyes done enough to justify being West Ham’s manager?

The Scot has helped the Hammers beat the drop this season.

When David Moyes took charge of West Ham United many saw it as a personal low for the club.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager had been relegated from the Premier League with Sunderland last season finishing rock-bottom with a mediocre 24 points.

However, despite being sacked in his last three jobs as manager – which included a role in Spain with La Liga side Real Sociedad – David Moyes was still hired as Slaven Bilic’s replacement back in November.

But just how has the 55-year-old Scotsman fared since his appointment to East London?

He took over the reigns at the Hammers with the club sat in 18th in the league which meant, yet again, David Moyes would be dragged into a relegation dogfight.

However, West Ham’s crucial 2-0 win at Leicester on the weekend confirmed their Premier League safety for another year showing there have been signs of small progress under the Scottish manager.

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However, despite safety, a large number of supporters do not want to see Moyes in charge next season.

A number of troubling events on and off the field have resulted in a toxic atmosphere surrounding the club and many feel a serious change in all departments is needed.

Moyes inherited a squad that was awfully unfit, horrendously unbalanced, had picked up only two wins all season and were in the relegation zone.

January transfer window reinforcements were not given to Moyes and the Scotsman, still, has essentially worked with what he was given and has kept them in the Premier League.

If the club are to give Moyes another season he should be given the means to do so with subsequent funding for transfers from a West Ham board that have fallen very much out of favour with the majority of fans.

The peak of this frustration reached breaking point in a home clash with Burnley back in March, in what should have been a game to remember the 25th anniversary of the death of club legend Bobby Moore. However, memorial and reflection quickly turned to chaos.

West Ham’s captain Mark Noble was seen physically throwing a pitch invader to the ground, sparking a chain of events that led to hundreds of supporters hurling abuse at the club’s co-owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, and a group of children sheltering from the chaos on the Burnley bench.

Moyes, himself, has repeatedly stated the need to for consistency at the club, something that has been seriously lacking over the last two seasons since the move to the London Stadium.

The Scot has insisted he won’t open any discussions with the board regarding his future until the final game of the season against Everton next Sunday has been concluded.

These next two games could prove crucial for Moyes.

It will allow him to maybe be a bit more expansive and optimistic with his team now safety is assured and a key to what he could bring if he does stay on and is given the reigns once again next season.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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