Playing on a Friday night was, to put it mildly, strange.
But, it has given us time, this weekend, to mull over matters during a period that would normally have been spent focussing on the weekends game.
The defeat, on Friday night, has certainly evoked a social media storm from the Hammer support and it has been interesting reading and dissecting public opinion.
On the whole, despite the defeat, the Hammers support appears quite happy at how things, in recent weeks, have gone, even more so after that dreadful start, a point illustrated by the post below:
Three league games unbeaten and six points against tough opposition. 5 consecutive good team performances. This is progress.
— StephenJL (@skyellis666) October 5, 2018
But, whilst the majority appear happy, there are some dissenters.
Trawling the posts left on social media sites, I came across the following:
After all those years ( 55 of them) why the hell can we never put away the poorer teams – a donkey like Murray beats us yet again whilst some of our players have no concept of the 101% commitment needed to be the hard workin plodders like Brighton. Oh for Eddie Howe, miracle man.
— AKA David Jones (@claretbluetrue) October 6, 2018
Now, that did intrigue me!
I know that after those opening four defeats the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini was being questioned. But, the recovery saw those doubts, or so I thought eliminated.
But, whilst the suggestion of axing the Chilean may seem foolhardy, perhaps the poster has a point.
Managerial tenures, these days, are relatively short. Whilst Pellegrini’s appointment may have been welcomed, it remains to be seen how long he’ll occupy the West Ham hot-seat.
There’s no doubting that, down at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe is doing a wonderful job, something emphasised by their fine 4-0 win at Vicarage Road yesterday, a win that lifts Bournemouth to fifth place in the Premier League.
Howe is, I believe, destined for a higher profile position than the one he currently occupies, the London Stadium could be the stage he needs somewhere down the line. Whether or not it’ll happen remains to be seen.
Which is why I found, the reference social media posting so intriguing.
Could Howe follow Pellegrini when it comes to West Ham managerial appointments?
Your thoughts on the subject matter, in our comments facility below this article, would be most welcome.