Gary Neville says watching West Ham under David Moyes is so frustrating but insists he has done a good job as speculation swirls over his future.
The pressure is piling on Moyes after West Ham followed up the abject performance and defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend by crashing out of a wide open Carabao Cup to a Blackburn B side.
Dark clouds have started to gather over Moyes’ head of late as West Ham struggle to live up to loftier 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.
And the Scot’s cause is not being helped by the fact West Ham’s decline can be charted back a full 12 months. The Hammers have just 13 wins in their last 41 Premier League matches across this season and last since beating Liverpool last November.
Many supporters are starting to call for Moyes to be sacked.
But others feel the boss should be given time off the back of the marvellous job he has done since returning to east London in 2020 – particularly having brought in so many new players in the summer.
It is not just the results that fans are increasingly concerned about, though. The manager has also been criticised for his negative approach, team selection and tactics with West Ham having scored just 12 goals all season – the joint third worst in the top flight.
Now Gary Neville has said watching West Ham under David Moyes is so frustrating but insists he’s done a good job.
Responding to West Ham’s poor form this season and the question marks over the manager’s future, Neville told The Overlap Fan Debate that he can understand the frustrations as he feels them himself when watching the Hammers.
“The (Man) United game last Sunday, it’s so frustrating sometimes watching West Ham,” Neville said on The Overlap Fan Debate.
“I’m watching the game thinking ‘go on’ (gestures to give it more in an attacking sense and have a go). It’s an Everton quality and it’s a West Ham quality that you’re watching them and you just think there’s more if they just go from the beginning and believe!
“And it takes a long time for them to think they believe and the risk comes too late. A little bit like Tottenham (against Liverpool), Tottenham’s risk came too late in the game.
“West Ham at Old Trafford… once he took off the boy (Flynn) Downes and brought (Pablo) Fornals on – I think – when that change was made the game changed and I feel as though there was still that feeling of not conceding a second more than going for it.
“That was evident I think in that game against (Man) United, in which I thought United were there for the taking…
“No they won’t (be in a relegation battle)… He’s doing a good job.”