West Ham receive Moyes blow

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West Ham have endured a difficult start to the Premier League season.

Their transfer business has been relatively non-existent – Vladimir Coufal moved to the Irons on Friday, being the first acquisition of the window since Tomas Soucek’s loan deal was made permanent.

There been a controversial sale – Grady Diangana joining West Bromwich Albion – and a couple of genuinely abysmal results.

The Hammers, after all, lost their opening game of the season to Newcastle and were recently dumped out of the EFL Cup by Everton, losing 4-1.

They also lost, harshly, to Arsenal, and thumped Wolves 4-0, so one could say it’s been up and down.

David Moyes, the club’s manager, has also contracted COVID-19, along with players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, and he has been managing from home instead of taking his place on the touchline.

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The former Manchester United boss watched from his sofa as West Ham thumped Wolves, while he was probably hiding behind it for the performance versus Everton.

It had been expected that he would be back in the dugout this weekend against Leicester City, a tough game against opposition that thrashed Manchester City 5-2 last time out.

But the London Evening Standard now reports that he could still be self-isolating when his side face the Foxes.

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He is feeling well, but he has not returned to the training ground as West Ham are remaining cautious over his return.

It raises the prospect of assistant Alan Irvine again managing the side this weekend.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is bad news for the Hammers.

Having their manager back on the sideline would have been a welcome boost for one of the toughest games of the season so far.

Leicester have yet to lose in the Premier League this season, scoring 12 goals in three games.

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They have thumped West Brom, Burnley, and City, and simply having their manager, who can make tactical tweaks in person, instead of over the phone to Stuart Pearce, would have given the Hammers a slight boost.

As it is, it will fall on Irvine’s shoulders to be the face of the management team this weekend.

That is not a good thing.

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