David Moyes ‘not stupid’ about pressure on West Ham job as losing run puts future in doubt

Realistic: David Moyes knows results must improve at West Ham  (Getty Images)
Realistic: David Moyes knows results must improve at West Ham (Getty Images)

David Moyes says he is “hating every minute” of West Ham’s dismal run and is “not stupid enough” to think he will survive the sack should it continue.

The Hammers head into Wednesday night’s Premier League meeting with Leeds in 17th place, outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, following a string of five successive defeats either side of the World Cup break.

Moyes led the club to the Europa League semi-finals and a seventh-place finish last term, prompting a summer of major investment in a bid to kick on, but the Irons’ form has dropped off a cliff this season, with just four League wins all campaign.

The former Manchester United boss has cut a calm figure throughout the crisis, insisting his side will click into gear and have the quality to pull well clear of a relegation battle during the second half of the season. However, Moyes says neither the fans nor his players should be under any illusions as to his level of frustration.

“I want to tell you, underneath I am really emotional and passionate and wanting to get a result,” he said. “I am hating every minute of this because I have lost five games. I am hating every bit and the players need to know that, too.

“Yes, I want to try and show my experience at times but don’t let it fool you for what I am really feeling underneath.”

Despite speculation over his future and reports linking the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel with the West Ham job, Moyes retains the backing of the club hierarchy.

Asked whether he felt confident that was genuine support, rather than the dreaded vote of confidence, the Scot said: “Yeah, but I am not stupid enough to think I can keep losing.”

He added: “[The board] have shown a bit of experience as well in not panicking. They want the club to win and the manager to do well, so they are giving me great support to let that happen.

“Sometimes, if I was going  to blow my own trumpet then I would probably say: ‘Well, look, there has been three years that have been pretty good’.

“But I also understand, because I am in the job, that often if you lose four or five games you’re right under pressure.

“I am really fortunate that [the board] have recognised the good work which has gone on in the last three years, which is probably the reason I am getting such good support.”