David Moyes’ job as manager of West Ham will be on the line when they travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham this Saturday, with reports claiming that it is a ‘must not lose’ fixture for the Scot.
The Hammers enjoyed one of their best seasons in living memory last campaign, and were expected to kick on having spent £150m in the summer transfer window.
However, they have been atrocious, and were thrashed 5-1 at home by Newcastle United courtesy of a series of mistakes, a game in which Declan Rice claimed that ‘since I’ve been playing for West Ham we have not conceded five worse goals as a team’.
The result has left West Ham perched perilously close to the relegation zone, currently 15th but only out of the relegation spots on goal difference, though they do have a game in hand on those around them.
And, as per Sky Sports, though Moyes will be in the dugout against Fulham at the weekend, it is ‘a game he cannot afford to lose’ should he wish to keep his job beyond Sunday night.
He will be handed a boost in that regard, with Willian banned for the hosts and Aleksandr Mitrovic also suspended for the next eight games of the season following a fiery clash with the referee in their FA Cup quarter final defeat to Manchester United before the international break.
The Hammers boss himself was staunch in his belief that he wouldn’t be sacked, explaining that “I’ve got no doubt they [the board] are behind me. I’m confident in the way we work and what they think.”
However, with his side still struggling to pull clear of the relegation zone, that mood could change very quickly over the weekend.