It’s difficult to see where Moyes goes from here

West Ham United v Brentford – Premier League – London Stadium – Monday (8pm) – Preview

Without a win since the turn of the year – Conceding goals at an alarming rate – Supporters; Let’s just say, agitated, at best! It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see exactly where West Ham United boss, David Moyes, goes from here.

Last weekend’s defeat at Nottingham Forest was their third on the bounce. The loss was compounded further by the dismissal of the Manchester City loanee Kalvin Phillips and a notable upturn in animosity towards the Scotsman from the Hammers’ support.

Julen Lopetegui and Steve Cooper have been added to a list also including Graham Potter as potential replacements for Moyes. However, the man who led the East Londoners to Europa Conference glory last season remained bullish.

“I am pretty long in the tooth,” he explained after teh 2-0 loss at the City Ground.

“You can never please everybody. It would be hard to say there have been many better times at West Ham.

“Maybe they want something different. Maybe there would be managers who excite them more, but the one who is sitting here wins more.

“My response would be to say we are hurting really badly as a team and a manager because we have not had good results for five or six weeks.

“This year already we have beaten Tottenham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal. We must not forget there were good times not so long ago.

“We’re sitting in a strong position – last season we were sitting near the bottom.

“It was only three years ago that we were Nottingham Forest and fighting relegation. We’ve moved on a long way from there.”

But it now appears to be a long way back, if Moyes is to prepare an often strained relationship with the London Stadium audience. No doubt, the pressure is ramped up further than ever before during his two stints at the club, and the visit of Brentford on Monday night provides a quandary of its own for the Hammers, what with the Bees having won all five of the Premier League meetings since the West Londoners reached the top flight in 2021.

Brentford were beaten at Manchester City on Tuesday evening but will fancy extending their impressive record against the troubled East Londoners, which is looking increasingly likely to leave the West Ham hierarchy with a decision to make, sooner rather than later.

Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 0-2 Brentford


Brian Jeeves