Paul Merson comments on West Ham United situation

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Could West Ham United get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season?

England's Paul Merson crosses the ball during the Star Sixes football match between England and Spain at the O2 Arena in London on July 13, 2017.

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Paul Merson has suggested in The Daily Star that West Ham United should be in the top six or the top seven of the Premier League.

West Ham are struggling in the Premier League at the moment and are in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Hammers have a new manager in charge, David Moyes, who succeeded Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium.

West Ham get over 50,000 fans for their home matches, and club co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have lofty ambitions.

Merson has stated that the Hammers should be aiming to finish in the top six or the top seven of the Premier League.

The former Arsenal star has asked two questions that all West Ham fans must be asking in regard to the club’s future.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

Merson wrote in The Daily Star regarding the appointment of Moyes as the West Ham manager: “It’s not an appointment to get the fans excited but the backlash so far has been a bit over the top. He deserves a chance.

“But where are West Ham going? What is the long-term plan? They have a huge, fabulous stadium and with the money they have they should be in the top six or seven.”

Merson has also stated that West Ham are not too good to go down to the Championship at the moment, and has suggested that Moyes may not have authority in the dressing room due to the fact that he has been given a contract until the end of the season.

Sunderland's Scottish manager David Moyes watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21,...

“It tells you everything about where Moyes is in his career that they have only given him a six-month contract,” wrote Merson. “But that is no good for anybody.

“It’s much harder to have authority in the dressing room and the respect of all your players if they know you are basically just on trial. If the owners don’t trust him enough to give him a proper contract, why should the players?”

“I have got news for him – I have seen a West Ham team 100-times better than this one go down,” added Merson referring to Andy Carroll’s comments that West Ham are too good to go down.

“That 2003 team with Paolo Di Canio, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and Les Ferdinand got relegated and you can’t tell me this one has anywhere near as much talent.”

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