David Moyes hits back as West Ham fans unveil ‘Moyes out’ banner | Football | Sport

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West Ham manager David Moyes has hit back at fans calling for his sacking, insisting he’s a winner despite the team’s recent struggles. After a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, some supporters showed a banner asking for Moyes to go due to an eight-game winless streak.

But post-match, despite the loss at Forest, Moyes reminded everyone of his success, including last season’s Europa Conference League title and a top-six challenge over the past three years. He said: “I am pretty long in the tooth, you can never please everybody, it would be hard to say there have been many better times at West Ham.”

The Scot added: “Maybe they want something different, but they would honestly have to say it has been the best times they have had at the club with regards winning a European trophy, the league positions.”

He acknowledged that fans might prefer a more thrilling manager but stood by his record: “Maybe there would be managers who excite them more, possibly, but the one who is sitting here wins more.

“My response would be to say we are hurting really badly as a team and a manager because we have not had good results for five or six weeks now. But this year already we have beaten Tottenham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, we must not forget there were good times not so long ago.

“We have not been playing well, but there are some mitigating circumstances since January 1, with boys going to the African Cup of Nations, Jarrod Bowen came back from England with an injury and has not been the same since, we have been without Lucas Paqueta as well for most of the time so there are things that have affected us.

“I have seen other teams have similar, Newcastle, Man Utd, Man City before the World Championship, Arsenal over Christmas. There is no divine right that West Ham don’t have a dicky period at some point in the season. We are hoping we can get back on it.”

Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo said after his side’s win: “We played a good game. We were disciplined and aggressive. The boys worked really hard.”

“And when we had the ball, we had good spells. We had good combinations and created chances. That was the basic and the most important thing for today, to get those details solved. We had to be practical, pragmatic and compact and aggressive in our own box.

“We needed to control set-pieces and not allow too many, because we know how strong West Ham are in that aspect. The players did really well. We have to keep going.”

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