Smith blasts fickle fans

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 11th February 2024

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith is the latest pundit to question the demands for a new manager from a vocal minority of West Ham's fanbase.

The former Leicester City and Arsenal striker was asked for his thoughts on calls for Moyes not to have his contract extended this summer - and like many of those in his position, failed to agree.

And he suggested that calls for Moyes' replacement are most frequently heard in the wake of a poor result.

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"David Moyes is subject to criticism from some sections of the fanbase, usually after a poor performance or defeat," Smith told NewBettingSites. "However, he is a highly experienced manager and he knows what he’s doing – something which gets overlooked too often by West Ham fans.

"I don’t think there is too much cause for concern with West Ham. They won the Europa Conference League last year and they’ve been towards the higher end of the Premier League for the past couple of seasons now.

"In general they have been in good form in the league and they’re in a decent position, so I don’t think they’ve got too much to worry about. When they get Lucas Paqueta back from injury, it will give them a great lift with him playing alongside the likes of Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen."

Meanwhile Smith believes the £105million West Ham received for former skipper Declan Rice during the summer was simply too good to refuse.

"The Rice move was always going to happen," he said, "but I think West Ham have actually invested well off the back of it with the likes of Edson Alvarez and Kudus coming in. It is just a fact of life in football that you can’t always keep your best players, but it is what you do with the money afterwards that counts.

"Declan had given really good service to the club and it was probably one of the few occasions these days where the player and club parted ways on good terms.

"When Arsenal played West Ham in the Carabao Cup he got booed when he came on and it happened every time he touched the ball, but it seemed like playful jeering to be honest. It was almost as if they couldn’t bring themselves to be nasty to an old hero of theirs.

"He’s kicked on at Arsenal in the way that many thought he would and he’s playing under a really talented coach in Mikel Arteta. He speaks very highly of the manager and what he has taught him about the game."

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