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Shocking signings, a jittery keeper and passive Manuel Pellegrini: why West Ham are lurching into crisis

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He seemed insipid when West Ham needed inspiration.

There is a sense of drift, with a passive manager looking powerless to halt a slide.

If you’re not, you get hurt,” said the Burnley manager.

“Our body language, intent and belief were there.” With the honourable exception of Robert Snodgrass, West Ham lacked each of the basic elements required to compete on a cold, wet day.

When West Ham overwhelmed Manchester United in September, they were level on points with third-place Leicester - unbeaten in six games in all competitions, having not conceded in 433 minutes, and - as Declan Rice observed after their 3-0 thrashing at Burnley on Saturday - “there was a real buzz around the place.” Now, the worrying aspect for the club’s fans is not simply that their form has tailspun so disastrously, but that the players seem loath to put in the kind of shift that might help them reverse the decline.

The absence of organisation and motivation brought back memories of manager Manuel Pellegrini’s last season at Manchester City.

Sean Dyche inadvertently provided one of the most damning assessments of West Ham’s latest capitulation.
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