West Ham fans are experiencing a reality check after their recent Europa Conference League victory. While the win brought joy and celebrations, it also masked some underlying issues within the club.
One major concern is the lack of incoming transfers. Despite having a substantial budget after selling Declan Rice, West Ham has only made one signing this summer. Their pursuit of players like James Ward-Prowse has been unsuccessful, and as the transfer window nears its end, fans worry that new recruits won’t have enough time to integrate into the team.
However, some believe that the club is right to be patient in the transfer market. With the inflated prices associated with West Ham’s financial situation, waiting until the end of the window may reveal more realistic player valuations. Former coach Mark Warburton suggests looking at previous successful signings like Lucas Paqueta for inspiration.
Coaching changes have also added to the concerns. Paul Nevin and Warburton both left the club, with the latter citing differences in philosophy with manager David Moyes. While clashes between coaching staff are not uncommon, it remains to be seen how Moyes will work with his new team this season.
The performance of Moyes himself has also come under scrutiny. Despite winning a trophy, some fans and pundits question his managerial abilities. They argue that success in one competition does not necessarily make him immune to criticism, and that his previous struggles in the Premier League should not be overlooked.
Behind closed doors, the club’s hierarchy is also causing friction. Technical director Tim Steidten’s recommendations have been rejected by Moyes, who prefers a British core to the squad. This has strained their relationship and could potentially lead to Steidten’s departure. Additionally, the involvement of club owner David Sullivan and the sidelining of former transfer guru Rob Newman have further complicated matters.
As the transfer window draws to a close, it remains to be seen how West Ham will address these concerns. The club’s fans are hoping for resolution and stability before the start of the new season.
West Ham United fans have been urged ‘not to panic’ as the club faces a difficult summer, with manager David Moyes clashing with the board, a lack of structure to transfer policy and players reportedly open to leaving.
Reports emerged that Moyes had reached an impasse with the board over his transfer wish list, with the club reportedly unwilling to match the figures he desired for new players.
The Scotsman was also said to be unhappy that former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has been put in charge of the transfer, having previously been an executive at rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite Moyes’ alleged unrest, Hammers fans have been told ‘not to panic’. Addressing supporters over remarks the manager made to the press, club chairman David Sullivan said:
“I can assure all West Ham United fans that there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed. We fully support David and look forward to an exciting season ahead.”
Speculation has also been rife that some of the club’s big-name players are seeking exits, with forward Marko Arnautovic, goalkeeper Joe Hart and winger Michail Antonio all reportedly open to leaving.
However, Moyes believes that the core of his squad are committed to staying, stating: “My intention is to keep the Squad we had last season together and add to it”.
With the club preparing to make a return to the Olympic Stadium, West Ham fans are hoping that the ‘difficult’ summer will not affect their prospects for the 2018/19 Premier League season.