By Kieran Maguire

22nd Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

Maguire applauds 'unpopular' GSB amid West Ham transfer record & wage bill reveals

West Ham wages have doubled since 2015 and the owners deserve credit for backing all of their managers since then.

That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after West Ham’s victory against Spurs on Sunday moved them into the top-four with 13 games left to play.

The current regime’s 11-year reign has seen seven managers — eight if you count both of David Moyes’ spells in the dugout.

The club has broken its transfer record 14 times in that stretch and spent £370m in the last five seasons alone.

Maguire asserts that while Moyes deserves the lion’s share of the credit, the success the club is currently enjoying is vindication for GSB’s methods too.

“A lot of the credit had got to go to David Moyes,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“I know GSB are unpopular with the fanbase. They’ve taken some money out of the club in the form of interest on the loans but they have put more money into the club in the last year or two. Certainly, the West Ham wage bill is quite high by non-Big Six standards.

“The wages have doubled since 2015. In that regard, you have to say they’ve backed a series of managers.

“Now in Moyes, they’ve got somebody who’s delivering for them. He might not be a sexy choice but he’s proving to be a very effective choice.”

If West Ham were to pull off a sensational top-four finish, it would be their highest top-flight positioning since 1986.

Moyes led Everton to 4th place and a Champions League spot in the 2004-05 campaign, his best Premier League finish to date.

In other news, West Ham are planning to turn Craig Dawson’s loan into a permanent deal.