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Harry Redknapp urges West Ham to stick with David Moyes despite relegation threats

Harry Redknapp urges West Ham to stick with David Moyes

Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp has urged the Hammers hierarchy to stick with David Moyes despite the club languishing dangerously above the drop zone.

Moyes’ side are just one point above the relegation zone, having picked up a measly 20 points from 23 games thus far, and something has to give for the Scotsman to retain his job.

Not only have the Hammers struggled to rack up points, but they have also struggled to score goals, having netted just seven times in their last eight league games.

Redknapp, who won just five of the 20 games played against the former Manchester United gaffer during his managerial career, says the club should give him time.

“You lose a few games and you come under pressure,” Redknapp told Standard Sport. “Every time you lose a few games, you don’t suddenly look at the manager and think he’s no good. It shouldn’t work like that.

“Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have done 20-odd years at Manchester United if they’d sacked him after a few bad results. He had a chairman who realised he had a good manager, and he didn’t just discard him and kick him out when they were struggling. 

“They’ve [West Ham] got a good manager in David Moyes. I don’t see why he should be under severe pressure.”

West Ham have won just one of their eight games since the World Cup, and Moyes could soon find himself out of a job if the Hammers fail to win against Nottingham Forest.

However, Redknapp believes the 59-year-old’s previous achievements at the club should be enough to keep him and blamed the players’ dip in form for West Ham’s current situation.

“Last year I thought they made great progress,” Redknapp continued. “Moyes did a great job. They finished seventh in the league; it was a good season for them. 

“This year they’ve not got the same. One or two of the players, their form has dipped. What can you do? Very difficult as a manager.”

Redknapp also touched on interest in West Ham’s most prized asset Declan Rice who has constantly been linked with a move away from the London Stadium.

The England international is not short on suitors, with Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool set to slug it out for the midfielder’s signature next summer, but Redknapp believes Rice should stay at West Ham.

“I think he’s still young,” Redknapp added. “I’d like to see him have a couple more years at West Ham. It’s a great stadium with 60,000 people every week. He’s earning mega-money. Where do you go?”

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