David Moyes, the manager of West Ham United, has admitted that his job is on the line after a damaging 5-1 defeat at home to Newcastle United. Following the loss, the home fans left early and those who remained booed their team off the pitch. Moyes said he would have left too, but called on fans to remain committed to the club through difficult times. West Ham sit 15th in the Premier League table, with only standing points separating them from the relegation zone.
Moyes called the performance “embarrassing” in a post-match interview and acknowledged the pressure he is under: “If you’re a manager and you lose badly like I did tonight then you’re always in jeopardy. I understand that.” Despite this, Moyes believes he still has backing from the board of West Ham United.
West Ham play Fulham on Friday night, with a growing sense among fans and sports commentators that Moyes could be sacked if the team loses. Moyes has suffered 15 league defeats this season and has called on his team to bounce back from difficulties. Meanwhile, team captain Declan Rice has expressed support for the manager, calling him “great with us”.
Moyes, who is amongst the favourites for the sack in the Premier League this season, has said quitting football is not an option: “It’s like a drug – I need it. Part of being a football manager is that you don’t win all the time… Sometimes you have to lose and you have to try and learn to deal with it. But when you do lose, you’ve got to learn how to bounce back.”