West Ham should have kept David Moyes fumes club legend after dismal start

West Ham legend Tony Cottee reckons the rock-bottom Hammers would have been better off keeping David Moyes on as manager.

Moyes left in the summer after keeping the Hammers up last season after being appointed in November but his successor Manuel Pellegrini, a Premier League winner with Manchester City, has suffered a nightmare start at the London Stadium.

He has lost his first four league games, despite splashing out around £100million on fresh talent in the summer.

Ex-Irons striker Cottee said: “At the end of last season I thought, ‘We have had two difficult seasons and what we need is a third season of stability.’

“We had someone at the club in David Moyes who could have done that but no, the board decide to go and choose someone else. I just don’t understand the appointment [of Pellegrini]. I didn’t understand the appointment at the time.

“We should have kept David Moyes.

“It is alright saying Pellegrini is a great manager but when you are managing Manchester City and have the best players in the world it is a lot easier than coming to West Ham and having to motivate the players. I don’t get that impression that he is going to motivate and inspire the players.

“Absolutely I am worried it is going to be a battle to stay up. The next three games [against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United] are absolutely vital.

“The ironic thing is if they were to get rid of Pellegrini they would be saying ‘We need a Sam Allardyce or David Moyes to come in and steady the ship’, which is what they had in the first place.

“It is absolutely ridiculous.”

Cottee reckons “everything is connected” and claimed the unpopular stadium move has also contributed to West Ham’s woes while the board have to take responsibility too.

And he also demanded more from West Ham’s players whose performance in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Wolves was branded “embarrassing, hopeless and pathetic” by pundit Alan Shearer.

Cottee added on talkSPORT: “I had friends and family who were at the game on Saturday and they said it was a disgraceful performance from the boys and that can’t go on.

“There is a perception that West Ham fans want to see good football first and foremost. No they don’t. They want to see someone put the shirt on and give 100 per cent.

“We’ve had Julian Dicks, Martin Allen, Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard Sr — guys who get stuck in and the fans loved them.

“But they also loved their Alan Devonshires, Trevor Brookings and Dimitri Payets. They like the mixture but when they turn up and you put the shirt on you have got to give 100 per cent effort and work hard.

“I am not saying they weren’t trying but you have got to give more for the cause. When you are up against it you work harder not less.”

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