David Moyes refused to blame West Ham’s off-field turmoil for their surrender at Brighton.
A turbulent week at the east London club ended with a 3-1 defeat on the south coast to plunge them back into the relegation mix.
The Hammers had to sack their head of recruitment Tony Henry on Friday after claims he told agents they did not want to sign any more African players.
That scandal, as well as an underwhelming transfer window which saw a club linked with Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Daniel Sturridge end up with Jordan Hugill from Preston, has left anger and frustration towards the West Ham board from supporters at an all-time high.
Indeed, the first chants of ‘sack the board’ were belted out from the away end even before Glenn Murray put Brighton ahead in only the eighth minute, and only got louder as the damaging defeat unfolded.
But Hammers boss Moyes said: “It had no effect whatsoever. The club have done what they think they have to do and move on, and we have to.
“It’s always the manager’s job but I don’t think the events would do that.
“When I took over we were in the bottom three so to be where we are now I’d have said ‘thanks very much’.
“We are still in a battle to stay up but it’s the same for the other teams.”
Moyes has also had to deal with a spate of injuries, and indiscipline – Arthur Masuaku is still serving a lengthy ban for spitting and Michail Antonio was dropped in midweek for being late to a meeting.
“Maybe that’s just West Ham, I don’t know,” he added. “In management no day is ever dull. The job brings up some difficult situations and some strange ones.”