Moyes: I have great support from West Ham United board

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Despite the club’s appalling recent results, David Moyes believes he has the full support of the West Ham board.

With his team travelling to Leeds on Wednesday night in an effort to prevent a sixth straight Premier League loss, Moyes’ status is under fire.

The Hammers have dropped to 17th in the standings, level on points with third-worst Nottingham Forest and only two points ahead of last.

Manager Moyes, however, is certain he won’t be fired ahead of West Ham’s trip to Elland Road.

“I am feeling really good because I have great support from [co-owner] David Sullivan and the board,” he said.

“They have been right behind me which is really good because you can put yourself under pressure a little bit. But overall they have been really good and really supportive in backing me.”

Four days after losing 3-1 at Arsenal, West Ham suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Brentford, and some supporters began to wonder if Moyes was still the best candidate for the position.

However, the 59-year-old Scot, in his second spell in charge of the London club, said: “I think the West Ham supporters have been incredibly supportive.

“They have seen what has gone on here in the past three years, and would probably say the opposite [to the club changing manager].

“They are desperate for us to do well, and desperate for the manager to do well.

“We have to buck up, do better, play better and find a way of winning games which is they key.

“I have been in this position twice before, and we did a very good job, but I don’t think we are in that position now because we have a better team, so we just need to show that form.”

Gianluca Scamacca, a summer addition, has the potential to change the club’s trajectory, according to Moyes.

The £30 million transfer from Genoa has only found the back of the net twice in the Premier League and has gone the entire month of October without a strike.

“We can and we will [get more out of him in 2023],” said Moyes of the 24-year-old. “It takes players time to settle into the Premier League.

“He is a young centre-forward who has come from Italy. He has a big future, we like him a lot, and he has so many good attributes, but it can take time.

“He has had a couple of injuries, and was behind when he joined us, so it might just take him a little bit longer to get used to it.”

Despite being ill, striker Michail Antonio might play against Leeds, while Moroccan international Nayef Aguerd is still in the running after recovering from a virus, but teammate Kurt Zouma won’t be there.

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