The Hammers were competing inside the top six over the first half of the season but have slipped off the pace since the turn of the year, sliding down to tenth place in the table.
European football was looking like a strong possibility, but the Hammers have now reassessed and will be focusing on a different aim over the rest of the campaign.
“We’ve reset the goals from the start of the season. We're keeping the pressure on the players to try and get as many points as we can and push the club forward,” said McDonald.
It’s important for West Ham to keep the pressure on the players over the rest of the season, to prevent the team from having no direction over the rest of the season.
West Ham won’t go down and they’re unlikely to grab a top six place, which suggests the challenge for the management is to find a way to set a goal and drive the players towards that aim.
It’s also important for the sake of Sam Allardyce’s future that the performances turn themselves around and start to become a little more positive.
The side struggled to match the quality and effort levels of Arsenal over the weekend and they need to find a way to dig out results and get things moving in a positive direction.
West Ham haven’t won a game since the back end of January and that has to change.