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Five things David Moyes could do (or undo) at West Ham this season

Thu, 9 November 2017, 18:11

David Moyes was appointed on Monday as the new West Ham manager and the Scotsman’s appointment in east London was lauded by co-owner David Gold calling stating that they’ve signed the ‘best option available'. What Are The Odds looks at five things that could very wrong or very right at the Hammers this season under the former Manchester United boss, who was hand selected by none other than the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson as the ‘chosen one’.

It’s fair to say there’s been no shortage of opinion on the latest managerial hire, David Moyes, the man to get sacked at Real Sociedad, Manchester United and relegate Sunderland last season. Paddy Power are offering odds on five things that Moyes could bring to the London Stadium this season.

Potentially a more personal success to Moyes would be to finish above his former-side Everton, where he spent more than 10 years in-charge. The Toffees are seriously struggling this season, but a win to Watford has lifted the blue half of Liverpool above the Hammers in the table for the time being. Odds of 3/1 (4.00) are favourable on Moyes to get one over on his former-side - this might be the most likely scenario...well except the next one.

David Moyes to be sacked at the end of the season is backed as the main option, not great news if the 54-year old likes to look at the bookmakers odds and the price of 6/4 (2.50) makes for unpleasant reading. Hammers fans though will likely hope this is the last thing that happens as another sacking would likely mean the club have failed to change fortunes since the sacking of Slaven Bilic.

Sunderland last season finished the season with a measly 28 point-haul, finishing bottom of the Premier League under Moyes. This season the Hammers have just nine points after 11 matches - so of course there are odds on the east Londoners to finish this season with less points than the Black Cats produced in 16/17. That means West Ham would need to win seven more games this season to beat that lowly-total - surely Moyes can get the job done with the players at his disposal? Odds of 6/1 (7.00) says they can’t.

In order to change the fortunes of the club Moyes is likely to turn to the transfer window in January to add some additional experience. We’re not too sure how thrilled the West Ham faithful will be with these odds of 10/1 (11.0) and 16/1 (17.0) on the signings of Adnan Januzaj and Steven Pienaar though.

The Belgian Januzaj was a favourites of Moyes at United and Sunderland and ironically plays for the Scot’s former club Real Sociedad this season. South African star Pienaar was a key player for Everton under Moyes, but now 35 plying his trade back in Johannesburg with Bidvest Wits (no we’ve never heard of them either) - could he make a spectacular return to save West Ham? Those seriously long odds suggest probably not, and we’d say that it’s definitely for the best.

David Moyes at West Ham Probabilities

What'll happen? David Moyes Odds Probability
Get Sacked   6/4 40.00%
Finish Above Everton   3/1 25.00%
Less Points Than Sunderland   6/1 14.29%
Sign Adan Januzaj   10/1 9.09%
Sign Steven Pienaar   16/1 5.88%

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