David Moyes has done an incredible job in stabilising West Ham in recent years following years of flirting with relegation into the Championship.
The former Manchester United manager has been an important part of West Ham’s recent history having guided them comfortably into a top-half team while winning a European competition last season.
However, his football has been consistently criticised and his overreliance on a particular group of players shows a lack of ambition to go out and take West Ham to the next level.
Recruitment this past summer was slow. For whatever reason, the club and Moyes weren’t quite aligned on targets which has left them with Michail Antonio has the only recognised senior striker at the club.
With the Scotsman heading into the last year of his contract, now could be the right time to move on from what has been a successful marriage.
Should West Ham replace David Moyes sooner rather than later?
Moyes has been important for West Ham. He’s essentially justified the saga for a stadium move and turned them into a team befitting that of the hugely impressive stadium they operate in.
European nights, huge league wins and consistent campaigns at the top level have given the club a new lease of life after years of wandering around in the wilderness under Manuel Pelligrini and Slaven Bilic.
But with West Ham itching to make that next step, a tough decision faces them and that’s the Moyes era coming to an end.
Now, West Ham haven’t been great for the last 18 months in the league. This season alone, Aston Villa, Everton and Brentford have all taken three points off West Ham since the beginning of October and couple that with friction between Moyes and the board, a change could be on the horizon.
If the Hammers are to make the step into becoming a team competing regularly in Europe, as well as the upper echelons of the Premier LEague, then looking towards a less pragmatic manager might be the route forward.