Declan Rice issues verdict on David Moyes amid renewed pressure on West Ham boss as ‘negativity’ claim made

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Declan Rice has been speaking about pressure on David Moyes amid West Ham United’s struggles this season.

Declan Rice has come to the defence of West Ham United boss David Moyes amid another heavy defeat.

The Hammers were hit for five by top four hopefuls Newcastle United on Wednesday night, adding to a four-goal hammering at the hands of Brighton in the not so distance past. The most recent result leaves Moyes’ men just goal difference above the bottom three, albeit they do still have a game in hand to play.

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West Ham are now in a perilous position, still having the Europa Conference League to think about, and along with Nottingham Forest, they are among only two of the bottom half to have not changed their managers. There have been calls for Moyes to be sacked, and they have only intensified after Wednesday night’s heavy defeat to Newcastle.

But there are still people in Moyes’ corner, with the Scotsman having led West Ham to Europe during his time at the club. And one of those is Hammers star Rice, who has said in the wake of the defeat to the Magpies: “I love working with the manager, so do the players, how he is as a man, he is great with us.

"Fans voice their opinions, they want to see results and performances. It is tough, you have to block out the noise, as captain I have to keep the boys on it. I've been down in a relegation fight at West Ham before and there has been negativity, but there is not that with this group of boys."

Rice remains key for West Ham, and he could yet leave the club in the near future, and there’s no doubting that the captain’s voice carries weight in the dressing room at the London Stadium. Moyes remains confident he will stay in place for now, and in truth, the time may have passed for the Hammers to make such a decision, given their position and the fact only 10 games remain in their season.

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