Angry Declan Rice has slammed what he has heard about David Moyes and given the West Ham boss his full backing, writes the Hammer News.
West Ham rounded off a woeful week with their third home defeat win six days against Leicester.
The Hammers huffed and puffed but continued to look both completely toothless and painfully slow at the back.
And they paid the price with Leicester being far more clinical and economical with the ball in 2-0 win which piled even greater pressure on David Moyes.
The result leaves West Ham just two places and one point off the relegation zone going into the World Cup break.
Speculation is swirling over Moyes’ future with the usual claims and counter claims doing the rounds.
One accusation levelled at the boss by many is that he has ‘lost the dressing room’ and run out of ideas and therefore must be sacked.
But Hammers captain and talisman Rice has responded to such suggestions in emphatic fashion.
An angry Rice has slammed what he has heard about Moyes and given the West Ham boss his full backing.
“We’re the players and we’ve got the quality so it’s down to us to create the chances, to score the goals, to defend, and at the minute it’s not swinging in our favour,” Rice told BBC Sport.
“It’s nonsense (speculation the manager could be sacked).
“If you look at what he’s done for this club, how he’s brought us back from where we’ve been…
“Every team is going to have a blip and of course there’s always pressure in these moments, but no way should there be pressure on the manager because he’s been unbelievable for us.”
West Ham might be grateful for the break but things don’t get any easier for Moyes when the Premier League resumes.
In fact they could not be much tougher.
West Ham go to league leaders Arsenal where Moyes will face his protege Mikel Arteta on Boxing Day evening.