Hammers boss David Moyes sat down for his post-match press conference, after his side's disappointing loss to Manchester City today, and surprisingly chose to criticise youngster Declan Rice for failing to deal with the cross that led to David Silva's winner, as quoted by Sky Sports.
The West Ham fanbase have always been vociferous in their support of any of the youngsters who come through the academy ranks, and the Scot's words regarding the Irishman's role in City's winner will surely not go down well with them.
Moyes has failed to have the impact at the east London outfit that he would have hoped, with his side taking just one point from the three games that he has taken charge of.
They are firmly entrenched in a relegation battle, and currently sit in 19th position in the Premier League table, having taken just 10 points from their opening 15 league outings.
The 54-year-old certainly has his work cut-out, with games against Chelsea and Arsenal next up on the horizon, and with so many of his first-team stars out injured, 18-year-old Rice will more than likely be called on again in the coming weeks, although he will have had his confidence knocked out of him, following Moyes' remarks today.
"I think we should have done much better with their winning goal. I would hope that the centre-back [Declan Rice] in that position would be able to deal with that by stopping the ball getting through or heading it away."
Moyes had better hope that his words do not have a detrimental effect on Rice's development as a footballer, because that is something that will not be forgiven by the Hammers faithful.