Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has claimed that new manager David Moyes will struggle to inspire the players at the London Stadium.
The Scotsman, who failed to last more than a year at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, was appointed just one day after Slaven Bilic was sacked.
The Hammers currently find themselves in the bottom three, one point from safety after 11 Premier League games, only two of which have ended in victories.
Ashton, who spent three years playing for the East London outfit, is concerned that Moyes is facing a losing battle.
The overwhelming reaction from the fans has been negative, particularly as Sunderland were relegated from the top flight last season under the 54-year-old’s management.
Ashton believes that Moyes will need to instil attacking flair in the team in order to keep the fans onside.
The former Norwich City forward told talkSPORT:
“Moyes will be on the back foot right from the off, because the fans won’t want him in, so he’ll have to get the results and develop a style of football quickly.
“I can see why the club would look at David Moyes, because straight away you just know he’ll go in, organise the side, make them hard to beat and probably get a few results because of that. But he’s certainly not going to inspire anyone at West Ham, I’m sure of that.”
Moyes’s first game in charge will be after the international break when the Hammers take on Watford at Vicarage Road.