As reported by Football London and West Ham writer Sam Inkersole, West Ham manager David Moyes and Striker Andy Carroll had a bust up after a crushing defeat at the hands of Manchester City at Rush Green today.
Despite Carroll having a terrible injury record, showing up at clubs when not fit to play or train, and calling out fans for leaving the ground early when losing, Carroll is in the right here, and this is why:
Andy Carroll, he scored when he wants!
Not really the same as Diafra Sakho, but Carroll is a known goal scorer and has proven that for West Ham. He had an awful start to the season, and was predictably then knocked down with injury – but that’s what you get with him, we know that.
Carroll, who has no real allegiance to Moyes as his manager, rushed himself back from injury to join back in his teams hunt for Premier League survival. This is something West Ham fans were generally happy to see as he wanted to play for the team and help them survive. With limited playing time he has made an impact too. Carroll netted the late tying goal for West Ham against Stoke City, securing a necessary point, and proved his effectiveness is sparingly short time.
So why the bust up? Because the players and fans can both can see the negativity Moyes is bringing with his managing style. The team is desperate for points, and grinding out draws seems to be Moyes’ way of getting those points. For a squad as talented as West Ham’s, this shouldn’t be the case.
Carroll, not part of Moyes’ tactical triple switch after going down 4-1 to Manchester City, apparently walked off the bench when not brought on. Sure, a little selfish and hot-headed, but he has a point. Without Carroll, West Ham lose to Stoke, and what else is there to lose against City? The team needed goals and that is Carroll’s specialty; his physicality which he uses to score, is trouble for any centreback and was worth a punt against City.
Carroll hasn’t made himself a likable character this season, but he will likely have the support of the majority of West Ham fans. Moyes, time is running out, the fans know, and the players know – next and most importantly is the board to figure it out.