David Moyes admitted that his job is under threat after West Ham’s miserable 2-0 defeat at home to Brentford saw them slip deeper into relegation trouble.
West Ham are a point above the bottom three after losing five consecutive league games and Moyes is running out of time to convince the London Stadium club’s board to persist with him.
The Scot has done a fine job since returning to the London Stadium for a second spell three years ago but results have been poor this season and his side failed to impress again against Brentford, who moved up to ninth thanks to goals from Ivan Toney and Josh Dasilva.
Moyes was realistic after being asked about the speculation over his future. “I don’t think it’s unfair because the business we’re in means that if you go five games when you’ve not won then you could always be under pressure, I totally get that,” he said. “You feel bad when you lose one, when you lose two, never mind five. That is football.
“I understand that totally, I only want the best for West Ham because it’s been a great club for me, the club’s done well. We’ve taken it into a better place than it was before so I’m desperate and determined to keep it there. I don’t want it to go back down and get dragged back down.”
West Ham spent £160m last summer but now find themselves battling to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
“I’m hoping it’s not the case,” Moyes said, on the prospect of his team being dragged into a scrap for survival. “But I’ve got to say I’ve lost a few games here at home recently so we have to be aware that we’re going to have to pick up points somewhere. It’s disappointing that we’ve not picked up any.
“We tried to change it tonight, we tried to play a bit better, find a different way and change a few people around to see if it helps, changed the system a bit as well. We are trying to find ways of doing it.”
West Ham’s board have been supportive of Moyes, who inspired a run to the Europa League semi-finals last season, but patience could run out if results remain poor. Much will depend on how the east Londoners fare in their next three league games, which are all against fellow strugglers.
They visit Leeds on Wednesday and Wolves on 14 January before hosting Everton on 21 January. West Ham also visit Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup.
The worry for Brentford was Toney being carried off on a stretcher after suffering a potentially serious knee injury. “It’s unlikely that Ivan is subbed off because of a knock,” Thomas Frank said. “It’s a little bit worrying. We need to assess in the next two days. It could be nothing. It could be worse.”