'Barking up the wrong' - Ray Wilkins slams West Ham chief after brutally honest interview
By Danny Wright
Chelsea icon Ray Wilkins has slammed West Ham chairman David Sullivan for his comments about taking a “gamble” on hiring David Moyes, claiming that he should have given him a longer contract instead of taking risks.
Moyes was appointed as the Hammers manager on Tuesday less than 24 hours after Slaven Bilic was axed by Sullivan and co-chairman David Gold.
However in an interview with the Sun, Sullivan bizarrely admitted that he was taking a risk with hiring the ex-Everton and Manchester United boss, who had not long ago overseen Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship.
“This is a gamble but let’s see where we are at the end of the season. I believe he will keep us up,” the West Ham chief said.
Speaking to radio station TalkSport, Wilkins has made it clear that he doesn’t believe that a change in management is what West Ham needed and has suggested that the players are the ones who ought to be looking at themselves in the mirror.
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“The players aren’t putting themselves out for whoever’s in charge,” said Wilkins, when discussing Sullivan’s brutally honest interview with the Sun, as shown on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
“They have to put themselves out.
“I think Mr. Sullivan’s barking up the wrong tree, he should have given David [Moyes] at least two-and-a-half years.”
“They should have given Moyes a 2-and-a-half-year contract!”
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) November 8, 2017
Most of the West Ham fans were disappointed with the appointment of Moyes and while it is easy to see why it is a risky decision, it will probably not be something that the Scot will want to hear when setting out to try and rescue the club’s season.
The Irons are currently placed in the Premier League relegation zone and Moyes has been tasked with saving the club from the drop before this six-month deal runs out of the end of the campaign.
Wilkins clearly wanted to see more of a long-term investment from the Hammers chiefs though as they look to rediscover their success of a couple of seasons ago.