It’s fair to say that David Moyes has his work cut out at West Ham.
The Scot was appointed the club’s new manager on Tuesday following Slaven Bilic’s sacking – and seemingly faces an uphill battle from the outset.
The Hammers are currently sat in the relegation zone following their defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, with the London club boasting just two wins from their opening 11 games of the season.
It’s certainly going to be tricky for Moyes to keep them in the top-flight and convince a fairly uninspired fan base that he’s the right man for the job.
Judging from the memes, tweets and general talk among West Ham fans, most aren’t particularly pleased with his arrival.
And with good reason.
Moyeseh’s career has taken a hefty downward trajectory since leaving Everton for Manchester United back in 2013.
Since his doomed spell at Old Trafford, he had a downcast spell at Real Sociedad followed by his depressing stint with Sunderland last season – who finished bottom of the Premier League table.
At the North East club, he registered a fairly incredible 28 losses – ending his spell with a win-percentage of just 18.6%.
Makes for grim reading, doesn’t it?
At his new club, Moyes will be desperate to get off to a positive start.
He’s reportedly been promised funds to strengthen the side in January (Steven Pienaar, Adnan Januzaj and Joleon Lescott should sit close to their phone’s in the New Year) but what he really needs is a good run of results over the difficult festive period.
Following the international break, the Hammers face an away trip to this season’s surprise package Watford, before taking on Leicester and then Everton.
But it’s the December fixtures that will give Moyes those early sleepless nights.
On Dec 3, they travel to the Etihad to face Man City – arguably the hardest fixture of the entire season.
They then host Premier League champions Chelsea on Dec 9 and Arsenal on Dec 13.
A frosty trip to Stoke follows on the 16th, with another clash against Arsenal – this time at the Emirates – in the Carabao Cup.
Each side of Christmas, the Hammers face Bournemouth and Newcastle, before a trip to bitter-rivals Tottenham on New Year’s Eve.