West Ham United co-owner and majority stakeholder David Sullivan has sent an eight-word message over the future of David Moyes.
At the start of the season and several times since, Moyes has called for patience and time to mould his new-look West Ham side.
Now West Ham fans are seeing why.
Another abject performance and approach against Crystal Palace resulted in a last gasp 2-1 defeat on Sunday.
Dark clouds gathered above the London Stadium as the heavens opened during the game.
And they look set to stick around over the head of Moyes as West Ham struggle to live up to expectations after two years of rapid progress.
After spending over £170m in the summer on eight new signings, it is only natural West Ham fans were hopeful, excited and many expectant having seen the team challenge for the top six and shine in Europe for the last couple of seasons.
Things are not going to plan in the Premier League, though, with West Ham just two points off the bottom three one week out from the World Cup break.
Moyes’ cause is not being helped by the fact West Ham’s decline is not consigned to this season alone.
The team’s league form dropped off a cliff last November and has been seriously bad for some time. In fact the points total over the last 41 Premier League matches across this season and last would make the Hammers relegation candidates.
Since beating Liverpool 3-2 last November, West Ham have played 41 league games and won just 13 times. Four of those wins have come against relegated Norwich and Watford. Two have come against a poor Aston Villa outfit, there have been two wins over a struggling Wolves, two over newly-promoted sides Fulham and Bournemouth.
The only quality side West Ham have beaten in the Premier League in the year since that Liverpool win has been Chelsea, in fortuitous fashion when Arthur Masuaku scored a freak goal from a mishit cross in a 3-2 win last December.
So the reaction of fans after the defeat to Palace is far from knee-jerk. This has been brewing for some time for West Ham and Moyes.
Many supporters are starting to call for Moyes to be sacked.
But others, justifiably, feel he should be given time off the back of the job he has done since returning to east London in 2020.
Last month Telegraph journalist Matt Law claimed Moyes was skating on thin ice and had to oversee a sharp upturn in West Ham’s results to avoid the Hammers axe.
The only opinion that matters in real terms, though, is that of the owners Sullivan, Daniel Ketinsky and David Gold.
And the manager has the board’s unequivocal backing according to the majority stakeholder speaking to Hammers News today.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has sent an eight-word message over the future of David Moyes. And he is going nowhere.
“We one hundred per cent support the manager,” Sullivan told Hammers News regarding question marks over Moyes’ future.
So there you have it West Ham fans, word from the very top of the club that the manager will get the time he needs to mould his new signings into a team capable of meeting expectations.