David Moyes is clinging on to his job as West Ham manager following another torrid showing in our Carabao Cup exit to Blackburn Rovers.
As has been throughout this campaign so far, West Ham started off dreadfully and the Championship side capitalised by taking the lead in only the 6th minute with Vale netting.
West Ham again looked a side void of confidence, ideas and most worrying of all, a game plan. The poor ‘start’ this season is now sadly no longer becoming a blip but more now of a team in complete decline.
Moyes rang the changes from the side who produced nothing better in the loss to Palace at the weekend, and bizarrely stated in his programme notes it was to aid the players heading to the World Cup.
The language of late is starting to suggest that the pressure is being felt and the fact the performances aren’t improving is pointing towards only one outcome.
West Ham did claw themselves back into the game with Fornals and Antonio scoring, but the visitors scored at the death through Diaz, once again showcasing West Ham’s total lack of understanding of how to see a match out.
Blackburn went on to win the resulting penalty shootout 10-9, with Ogbonnas miss proving decisive. But this cannot go down to back lack, the loss was deserved.
Players have to take responsibility but ultimately the buck lies with Moyes. What is clear is that Moyes simply cannot get this team firing or even doing the basics now, which is beyond alarming.
There are no excuses. The quality we possess is evident and the manager has been fully backed by the board this summer. However, he clearly cannot find a system that works.
The team spirit and never say die attitude is becoming a forgotten memory as our Hammers fall deeper and look a side in desperate need of a change.
Moyes stubbornness with team selection and tactics have been an issue for some time, but it’s clear that characteristic is spilling out towards the fans too, with comments made this weekend nothing short of disgusting.
Moyes’ response at the weekend to the fans booing his call to sub off one of our best players this season, Said Benrahma, was to laugh off those sarcastically as ‘experts’. Not a million miles off the famous Allardyce ear cupping.
The comment demonstrated he is a man under pressure and clearly out of ideas. He has rightly been given time but the facts are there for all to see. This isn’t getting better, quite the opposite.
The visit of Leicester City on Saturday could prove to be the nail in the coffin, with the World Cup break providing a perfect window for the club to act and find a suitable replacement.
Moyes is not foolish to think otherwise and will know the axe is sharpening as our Hammers continue to decline further under the Scots reign.