Rio Ferdinand has told West Ham fans the club might not be in a better situation if he sacked manager David Moyes.
Moyes has been called out for rejection by some supporters after a run of poor results, with his side failing to win in seven, including their latest 6-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.
Hammers fans have expressed concerns about the team’s style of play, with many frustrated by the manner in which they have been beaten this season rather than the scores themselves.
And the Irons faithful could get their wish, with owner David Sullivan saying he would reconsider his previous offer of a new contract for the Scot, after becoming aware of increased negativity among supporters.
Manchester United legend Ferdinand, a graduate of West Ham’s famous academy, has admitted that playing attractive football is an important part of the east Londoners’ philosophy.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Ferdinand said: “When I grew up there it was all about playing football, the third man runs, passes, having a picture in your head before you receive it.
“There were certain things that were ingrained in you.”
He went on to explain that he understood that some sections of the club’s fans were unhappy with Moyes’ style of play if they felt he did not fit West Ham’s culture.
The former England international said: “If the manager, David Moyes, isn’t playing the style of football that West Ham are used to seeing over the years, then, yes, it’s something to talk about .”
Despite this, he urged fans to remember their current boss’s achievements during his five-year tenure at West Ham, his second spell in east London.
The 60-year-old led them to Europa Conference League glory last campaign, recording sixth and seventh-place finishes along the way and recording a record Premier League points total.
Ferdinand explains: “He brought a European trophy. How many managers over the last 30/40 years have put a trophy like this on the table?
“But they all played a style of football that West Ham fans perhaps like to see.”
He then issued a warning to fans who favor a more expressive form of football over a win-at-all-costs mentality: “You have to ask yourself one question: do you want to win?
“Or do you want to play a particular type of football that you’re used to seeing? But there are a lot of tears that come with it.”