The detractors are already criticising the appointment of David Moyes... with some new recruits in January, West Ham will definitely stay up
- There has been a negative reaction to David Moyes' West Ham appointment
- He boasts enormous experience and will make West Ham far more organised
- Slaven Bilic is a good manager and he will be successful again
- Despite Arsene Wenger's criticism, the standard of refereeing has got better
- Pundits would be wise to get on the touchline and find out what management is really like
Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen returns with his latest column for Sportsmail.
He discusses the criticism already aimed at new West Ham manager David Moyes, his confidence that Slaven Bilic will be back in the manager's hot seat sooner rather than later.
The former Barnet boss also discusses Arsene Wenger's critical attitude towards referees and more.
KNIVES OUT FOR MOYES ALREADY
The detractors are straightaway criticising the appointment of David Moyes as West Ham manager. It seems whatever the club's owners do is not good enough. Moyes has loads of experience of ups and downs, Merseyside derbies, nurturing amazing young talent and building Everton football club into an established Premier League club.
People criticise him now for his stint at Manchester United which, for me, was a no-win situation following Sir Alex Ferguson. The job he took up at Sunderland was a ridiculous move, with those players and the bad overall culture and running of that club from the very top. Real Sociedad have nearly always been a club fighting relegation and happy to finish mid-table. It was the wrong time and wrong place for him.
I'm looking forward to seeing a fitter, more organised, disciplined team of men under Moyes?and with some new recruits in January, they will definitely stay up.
David Moyes was unveiled as West Ham's new manager earlier this month
The Scot's appointment has largely been met with criticism by the West Ham fans
EXHAUSTED BILIC WILL BE BACK
As much as we all like Slaven Bilic with his honest, open, humble interviewee style, to me he looked exhausted, drained and ready for a break. It's a feeling I know all too well.
Living in the fog of professional football management there is no escape. Slowly it saps the positive energy out of you.
Bilic is a good manager who led West Ham to seventh place in the Premier League. He will be back and he will be successful again, of that I've no doubt.
Slaven Bilic was sacked just days after West Ham were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last Saturday
ARSENE'S HAVING A LAUGH
I disagree with the articulate, Harry Potter-esque wizard Arsene Wenger criticising referees, stating after Arsenal's defeat by Manchester City: 'The referees don't work enough because the level drops every season at the moment.'
The standard of refereeing has got better and better even though the task of the referee on big decisions has been further complicated with the European and South American influence of diving.
The referees have every decision scrutinised and despite replays from all angles, often in slow motion, the expert TV pundits still find it difficult to come to the right decision. It is a thankless task and errors of judgement will be made, but the refs are fitter, faster, technically better, vastly experienced and the best in the world.
Arsene Wenger criticised referees following his side's defeat by Manchester City last weekend
Having watched Chelsea against Roma at Stamford Bridge and seeing David Luiz play the Claude Makelele holding midfield role it was no surprise after seeing him running all around the pitch in areas where he should not have been going that he was substituted in the 57th minute.
Afterwards, the manager, Antonio Conte, said he had a calf injury. But then he was fit for the following game on Saturday against Watford. It was obvious things were not right unless Chelsea's backroom staff can heal a calf injury in three days.
But the one thing I like about Conte is the team always comes before the individual. He stands his ground, shows no weakness in his leadership and his values, principles and the culture he has set is unwavering.
Things do not appear to be right between Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (left) and David Luiz
It made me smile reading Tony Pulis' comments about all the expert TV pundits commenting on his West Brom team and his current predicament.
'Some of them have had a go at management and not done very well but they are absolutely fantastic on the radio and TV,' Pulis said.
'It's amazing that they failed as managers.'
At the end of the last transfer window Pulis made it publicly known that he was four or five players short of what he needed and the results subsequently have shown that.
Out of all the TV experts, the ones who have managed haven't done well and most of the others have not even given it a try. It would do them good to get on the front foot and find out what it's really like, just like Gary Neville did with his team in Valencia.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has taken a swipe at TV pundits commenting on his team
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