Harry Redknapp has backed David Moyes to steer West Ham to Premier League safety following his return to the London Stadium dugout.
But former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes the new appointment will do little to improve the Hammers’ worrying form and expects the London club to be relegated.
The Hammers sacked Manuel Pellegrini following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City, which left them 17th in the Premier League and just one point above the relegation zone.
Moyes was then confirmed as his replacement on Sunday evening, the Scot returning for a second spell at the east London club on an 18-month deal.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss kept West Ham in the top flight during his previous seven-month tenure at the club, having taken over from Slaven Bilic in November 2017.
The club chose to part ways with Moyes at the end of that campaign to ‘go in a different direction’ with Pellegrini, in the hope the Premier League-winning boss would get them back competing for European football.
But their top-six challenge has failed spectacularly this season, and they have again turned to Moyes to rescue them.
O’Hara, like many unhappy Hammers fans, is unconvinced the 56-year-old can do enough to save the in-trouble club.
However, former West Ham manager Redknapp is confident Moyes can make a big impact.
“I’m sure David Moyes will keep them up, that’s the most important thing for them now,” he said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“He’s been there before, he knows the club, and I think he will lift the place, get a bit of confidence in the team and bring smiles back onto the faces of the players and the fans.
“It’s the results that are important now, and I think David will get results.”
While Harry is pleased with the appointment, though, it appears the majority of West Ham fans are not.
Having started the campaign with dreams of competing for a top-six finish, they are faced with yet another relegation battle under a boss many were pleased to see the back of.
But Redknapp had a message for those supporters grumbling about Moyes’ return…
“It’s difficult, who is around? Suddenly they sack Pellegrini and they needed somebody to come in immediately,” he added.
“We can keep looking at them and say they’re too good to go down, but we’ve heard that before with West Ham.
“West Ham fans always want somebody to come in and play ‘the West Ham way’, but what is ‘the West Ham way’? We haven’t seen that for many meany years. That was a long, long time ago.”