Heading into the weekend clash between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, we said the match’s winner would most likely have secured safety in staying up for next season. With their resounding 4-0 W over the Cherries, West Ham are now six points above the drop zone, plus they have a game in hand on every team below them in the table.
They haven’t officially secured safety yet, but the numbers and stats are very much in the Hammers favor now. And with that, it is looking more and more likely that manager David Moyes returns next season.
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Kickoff: Wed. April 26, 2023, at 7.45 pm UK at the London Stadium
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Obviously, if they were to be relegated this season, then Moyes would get sacked, but staying in the top flight is enough for him to keep his job, and reportedly, he still retains the backing of the board. The Scot is certainly talking, in the media, like a man who who will be returning to his post next season.
“I’m planning for next season,” he said yesterday.
“I’ve got no intention of leaving.
“I’m getting on with my job, doing everything that I do and obviously, my head’s down and focused on how I’m getting myself more points at the moment, that’s the only thing I can think about.”
Up next for Moyes and his men is a midweek clash at home against Liverpool.
The Scottish gaffer only has one fitness concern here- Italian striker Gianlucca Scamacca, who is recovering from knee surgery. Angelo Ogbonna had been an injury doubt heading into the weekend clash against Bournemouth, but he was fit enough to make the bench.
He went an unused substitute in the rout of the Cherries, so he could be pressing for a start in this one.
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