David Moyes confident he’s got ‘great support’ from West Ham owners but knows he’s ‘under pressure’

Moyes on West Ham future Credit: Alamy
Moyes on West Ham future Credit: Alamy

David Moyes feels as though he’s got “great support” from West Ham United’s owners but he is aware that he is always “under pressure” to get results.

The Hammers host Brentford on Friday sitting just one point and two places above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Moyes still has credit in the bank after guiding West Ham to back-to-back top-eight finishes. He also led them to the Europa League semi-final earlier this year.

The Scot celebrated three years in charge in his second spell with the club on Thursday.

But unless West Ham come out of a run of fixtures against the Bees, Leeds, Wolves and Everton with some much-needed points, Moyes’ chances of making it to four years will look very slim.

He said: “We’ve recently been much more used to being in the top half of the league so we don’t enjoy the position we’re in. We recognise it and we have to win a few games and get out of it.

“Am I under pressure at the moment? No, not at all. I’ve got great support from David Sullivan.

“I’m not daft, you are always under pressure as a football manager. Nobody can get over that. Most managers, if you lose a few games, you are always going to be under a bit of pressure.

“You’ve got to come in and try to raise expectations wherever you go, I think we’ve done that. We’ve had some really good seasons in the last two years, probably done a lot better.

“We’re just disappointed we’ve not done as well at the moment, but we plan to do a lot better and we’re working towards that.”

Despite their perilous position Moyes has no plans to rush into some emergency transfer surgery when the window opens.

“I think if players left we’d look to replace them but at the moment I’ve got no indication of that so we’ll see how it goes,” he added.

Hammers captain Declan Rice is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season, with Chelsea and Manchester United among the interested parties.

However, when pressed for an update on the England midfielder, Moyes said: “There will be no chance Declan Rice leaves in this window if that’s what you are talking about.”

Moyes could welcome back defender Nayef Aguerd and striker Gianluca Scamacca, who both missed the Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal, against the Bees.

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