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West Ham media team man aims dig at fans wanting better football

West Ham media team man aims dig at fans wanting better football

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West Ham media team man Rob Pritchard has aimed a dig at some of the club’s fans for wanting better football.

The West Ham fanbase remains divided over the subject of David Moyes and his Hammers future beyond this season.

Despite his achievements in the last four years, there are two very contrasting camps when it comes to Moyes.

Ahead of games against Man United and Arsenal, the Scot says talks to extend his contract are “well down the line” and he expects it to be sorted soon.

But that was met with grumbles from a growing section of supporters who believe West Ham need a change of approach.

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Many fans bored of Moyes ball

West Ham are sat sixth in the table going into the Man United clash. But the general consensus among supporters after the Bournemouth draw is that the football is too dull.

West Ham have not won a game so far this year. The Hammers, missing key players, drew at home with a Brighton side without five of their own star men.

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They failed to beat a midtable Championship side in two games, crashing out of the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion.

They drew – no thanks to the officials – with one of the worst Premier League teams in history and were seriously fortunate to come away with a point at home against Bournemouth.

Those who are firmly behind Moyes will, justifiably, point to the fact West Ham have lost one of their last 11 games.

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Supporters who want continuity with Moyes are just as entitled to their opinion as those craving a more progressive, expansive style and approach. But with the players the manager has at his disposal, there is no doubt West Ham could and should be playing a better brand of football.

Now West Ham media team man Rob Pritchard has aimed a dig at fans for wanting better football.

Pritchard is the man who interviews Moyes and the players after games.

Clearly aware of the growing debate on social media around Moyes’ future and the style of play, he has had his say. And the sentiment was very much ‘be careful what you wish for’.

“I took the dog for a walk in July 2020 and spent the whole time worrying about other results potentially sending us down,” Pritchard said.

“We’re now sixth in the table and have won a European trophy.

“Of course we’d like to play like peak Brazil but I’d take the last four years and (then) some. Irons.”

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If Moyes is unhappy with how West Ham are playing why can’t fans be?

Pritchard is often criticised by supporters over what they see as a weak and sycophantic line of questioning to Moyes and his players. But in his defence he cannot approach the interviews in the same way a journalist might. It’s just not the way in-house media works.

The West Ham media man makes a valid point about the progress the club has made under Moyes.

But whether you agree with him or not, West Ham fans are entitled to want better football and results.

If the likes of Villa and Spurs can, then why can’t West Ham?

The Hammers are a massive club with the second biggest following in the UK – and fifth in world football.

They are also the 18th highest earning club in world football too.

Moyes has made it clear after recent games he is not at all happy with how his side is playing.

So why can’t fans voice their opinions on the same subject?

Forget ‘peak Brazil’ most West Ham fans would take playing with the same attacking verve and intent as Luton at the moment.

The constant hammering of supporters for daring to want better is patronising and insulting.

It is an arduous task getting to and from West Ham matches at the London Stadium. So if fans don’t like what they are seeing – as regrettable jeers at half-time and full-time suggested on Thursday night – then they are just as entitled to be heard as those who are happy with the approach.

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