West Ham United have told David Moyes that his job as manager is safe for now, sources have confirmed to 90min.
The Hammers lost their ninth Premier League game of the season on Saturday, going down 2-0 at home to Leicester thanks to goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.
That defeat was West Ham’s third successive league defeat, following on from reverses against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, and they have bagged just 39 points from the 34 Premier League games they have played in 2022.
West Ham have shown better form in the Europa Conference League, winning all six of their group games at a canter against weak opposition, but their domestic form has been extremely worrying.
They sit 16th in the Premier League table, just a point above the relegation zone, and were also dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the third round stage following a penalty shootout defeat to Blackburn Rovers at London Stadium.
Moyes admitted after Saturday’s defeat against Leicester that he was not surprised to be under pressure, and 90min understands that West Ham, and majority shareholder David Sullivan, have made it clear that results need to improve quickly.
The Scot will be given more time to turn things around, though, 90min has further learned – having built up enough credit in the bank from back-to-back finishes in the Premier League’s top seven and a thrilling run to last season’s Europa League semi-final – and has been given a so-called ‘vote of confidence’.
Moyes was backed heavily in the summer window to push the club on further, as West Ham broke their transfer record to land Brazilian playmaker Lucas Paqueta from Lyon for just over £50m. They also spent excessively on Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca and World Cup-bound Nayef Aguerd, bringing the club’s overall spend north of £150m.
But despite those acquisitions, West Ham have failed to settle into any kind of rhythm or form, and have scored a meagre 12 goals in 15 Premier League outings – only Everton, Nottingham Forest and Wolves have netted less.
The pressure will intensify on Moyes once the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day, especially as 90min understands that joint-chairman Sullivan has been inundated with interest from representatives of managers and coaches expressing their desire to talk to the club – many of whom have worked on the continent.
He is, for now, standing behind Moyes, who turned things around after Manuel Pellegrini’s 19-month reign came to an end in December 2019.