In the early weeks of his second stint at the London Stadium, West Ham went eight games without a win. The run was ended by a victory against Southampton that was preceded by a massive demonstration against the club’s owners. West Ham subsequently lost their next three games, either side of the Covid-19 shutdown, before scrambling their way to safety.
David Moyes often refers to this as evidence of the progress his side has made in the years since.
Two top-seven finishes, a Europa League semi-final and, memorably, a Europa Conference League triumph in Prague last June will ensure Moyes’ legacy will be a positive one, no matter what is happening in the here and now.
Speaking after the 6-0 home loss to Arsenal, Moyes did not sound like a man who was concerned about getting the sack. After all, talks over a new contract seemed to be progressing towards a positive conclusion and it is less than two months since West Ham were beating Manchester United at home and Arsenal away either side of Christmas.
But heavy defeats in the reverse fixtures, following on from an FA Cup elimination at Championship outfit Bristol City, with other big losses at Fulham and Liverpool fresh in the mind, certainly mean Moyes is under huge pressure.