Stan Collymore has told the Daily Mirror (31/12; page 51) that West Ham United’s board have made a lazy and unimaginative decision appointing David Moyes, and insisted that the Scot should not be anywhere near a Premier League job.
Moyes was appointed at the London Stadium for a second time earlier this week. Once again, he comes in with the Hammers facing a relegation battle.
He kept the club up after arriving during the 2017/18 campaign. This time around, they have reached the halfway stage of the season one place and one point above the bottom three.
It remains to be seen whether Moyes’s return proves a catalyst for a turnaround once again. But Collymore has slammed the appointment and suggested that it shows that the current board needs to think about stepping aside.
“This appointment is about as lazy and unimaginative as it gets,” he told the Daily Mirror (31/12; page 51). “If [the owners] only had Moyes in their sights and weren’t looking at other young coaches with vibrant ideas, then maybe we are looking at the end game for them.
“Because Moyes should not be anywhere near a Premier League job at this stage of his career.”
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In truth, it would not be a huge surprise if Moyes ensured that West Ham remained a Premier League club next season. The Hammers have a lot of quality within their squad, and Moyes has got them out of trouble before.
But there have to be serious questions about whether he can take the club forward in the long-term. His previous spell at West Ham was arguably the only one that saw the 56-year-old’s stock rise since he left Everton.
And some may argue that it is telling that he has not been at another club in between his two stints with the Hammers.
Moyes’s backers will point out that a marquee name like Manuel Pellegrini hardly took the club forward, and Moyes deserves the chance to prove what he can do over a longer period.
But you could understand if some supporters looked at the situation in the same way that Collymore has.