Very few managerial appointments in the Premier League era have been received as badly as West Ham’s decision to hire David Moyes as Slaven Bilic’s successor.
The Hammers confirmed the news on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Bilic was dismissed following Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat against Liverpool.
Moyes was unable to prevent Sunderland finishing bottom of the Premier League table last season and has been sacked by Manchester United and Real Sociedad within the past three years.
Many West Ham fans have reacted furiously to the appointment and now fear that relegation to the Championship is inevitable.
The Hammers currently sit 18th in the Premier League table, having secured just nine points from their opening 11 matches.
West Ham fans' react to Moyes confirmation tweet
Check out some of the replies to this tweet from dismayed West Ham supporters…
Some (non-West Ham fans) think it's a good appointment
There are some people, however, who are pleased by the appointment.
Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has tipped Moyes to succeed at the London Stadium, telling talkSPORT: “David has got the drive, he has got the desire, to show everybody he can get back to what he was like in his Everton days.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy raised eyebrows on Match of the Day over the weekend when he said: “[Moyes is] very experienced. He would get them a lot harder to beat. that's for sure."
Hmm. If you say so, Danny.
There are some people who feel that British coaches are under-appreciated and don’t get the chances they deserve compared to their overseas counterparts.
“It’s always time an English manager was given the chance, as far as I’m concerned Gary, or a British manager – there’s no doubt about that,” Allardyce said on Match of the Day when discussing the possibility of Everton appointing Sean Dyche to replace Ronald Koeman. “And there’s not enough of us given the chance.”
A significant number of British football supporters, judging by social media, share the same opinion.
Jamie Carragher sums the situation up perfectly
However, Jamie Carragher summed the situation up perfectly on Twitter earlier today.
“It seems everyone is desperate for British managers to get a chance,” Carragher tweeted, “just not at their club!”
It’s a similar story over at Everton, where some supporters are against the idea of Allardyce or Dyche taking over at Goodison Park.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted to Carragher’s tweet…