Andy Carroll has received a great deal of support from West Ham United fans on Twitter after The Telegraph reported news of a training ground bust-up between the striker and manager David Moyes earlier this week.
The Scot is said to have sent the England international home on Monday after he stormed off the substitutes bench in the clash against Manchester City at the weekend.
Moyes left Carroll on the sidelines as he sought to change the tide of a match which eventually finished 4-1 to the Citizens, prompting the former Newcastle United star to return to the changing rooms before the final whistle.
And although his reaction was viewed as petty by some social media users, many saw fit to back the forward, who they felt should have been on the field in Sunday’s defeat.
The basis of this response from supporters seems to be born of a general feeling of antipathy towards Moyes as much as a desire to stand behind Carroll’s behaviour.
The ex-Sunderland boss is not a popular figure at the London Stadium and has drawn criticism in recent months for perceived negative tactics.
Whilst he took over from Slaven Bilic in November with a remit to keep West Ham in the Premier League, inconsistent form and a tendency to ship goals means that the Hammers remain just three points above the drop zone with three matches of the season to play.
Carroll’s well-documented struggles with injury have limited his game time this term but when on form he offers an aerial threat quite unlike anyone else in the division.
Most of the West Ham faithful would seem to want him available for the remaining matches of the term, with a trip to Leicester City on Saturday followed by home fixtures against Manchester United and Everton.
The best of the reaction to the news on Carroll and Moyes can be found below:
Andy Carroll was right to get the hump.
Anyone with a brain would’ve started him with Arnie Sunday!!
— Stevie “WHU” Sizzle (@TheSullis) April 30, 2018
— West Ham Christian (@WHUChristian) May 2, 2018
Our winrate is so much better when Carroll starts also. Moyes needs to make it up with him otherwise he damaging our chances of staying up #whufc
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) May 1, 2018
He’s doing amazing David Moyes ain’t he?
First Rice, then Manu and now Carroll
Honestly don’t worry, we are fitter now than when Bilic was here! https://t.co/8bRoJfH8CV
— Baz Cox ⚒ (@Baz1980WHU) April 30, 2018
More than happy to see them both leave the club this Summer. Carroll has 3 goals this season, all coming against the bottom 2 sides. He is available 25-30% of the season so no point paying him mega wages, especially when it takes him weeks to get match fit!
— Mark Hammond (@MJHammond83) April 30, 2018
Moyes out. Carroll in for Leicester game at least #whu although Moyes doesn’t need to come back
— Geoff horry (@geoffhorry) May 1, 2018
So Moyes sent Carroll home and will fine him for showing more passion than the whole team did against City..#MoyesOut
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) May 1, 2018
Andy Carroll needs to take a long look in the mirror (okay, I know he does a lot anyway but that's not the point!).
No player can kick off for not playing when it should be the other way around from the management.
If I was Manager of WHU I kick Carroll up the arse! #COYI
— Mikespace Online ™ (@MikespaceOnline) May 1, 2018
Totally agree with @AndyTCarroll yeah he has cost us a lot in injury costs etc but David Moyes is clueless and when Carroll is on fire there's not many better In the air than him just needs the service #WHU #COYI
— WHU (@Lanzini_WHU) April 30, 2018
If the rumours are true that Moyes had a bust up with Carroll today then whatever the right /wrongs of this are they both need to put there differences aside & focus on giving 100% commitment along with all the other players for these last 3 games #COYI
— Simon Carr (@KingBobbleHead) April 30, 2018