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David Moyes may drop Andy Carroll after row in training

Andy Carroll could be dropped for West Ham United’s crucial match against Leicester City on Saturday after the player a row with team boss David Moyes in training.

Moyes was unhappy with Carroll’s reaction to not being included in a triple substitution during West Ham’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the London Stadium.

The striker did little to hide his frustration before leaving his place on the bench, and the manager vowed to tackle the situation after the game.

However, Carroll was unrepentant during talks with Moyes on Monday, leading to him being sent home from the training ground after refusing to apologise for his behaviour.

Carroll’s future at the club is now in the doubt and although their relationship is not beyond repair, Moyes is considering leaving the 29-year-old out entirely when West Ham seek to ease their relegation fears against Leicester.

West Ham could have James Collins and Pedro Obiang available for the trip to the King Power Stadium, with the former expected to train later this week after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Obiang, who has been sorely missed in defensive midfield since suffering a knee injury against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup in January, could be on the bench after returning ahead of schedule.

Antonio Conte: Chelsea manager concedes title after loss to West Ham

Antonio Conte conceded that Chelsea’s title defence “never started” and that his team are out of the Premier League title race after losing to West Ham United.

Marko Arnautovic’s goal earned the Hammers, who are in 18th place, a 1-0 victory over the Blues at London Stadium, while the champions suffered a fourth defeat of the season on Saturday and are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.

During the start of the Premier League season, Chelsea opened their title defence with a loss against Burnley and had also gone on to lose in back-to-back games against Manchester City and struggling Crystal Palace. West Ham were without a win in eight league games before defeating the Blues last weekend.

Those defeats saw the defending champions dropping 16 points, just five short of the entire number they ceded in 2016-17, and Conte admitted that it is far short of the standard required for a realistic tilt at the top.

“To talk about the title race after a defeat, I think it a bit strange,” the Italian said. “Especially as this is the fourth defeat this season in 16 games. When you have this task it is impossible to think that you are in the title race.”

“My experience is this: if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice. After 16 games, if you lose four, it means you never started this race.”

Conte also added that the players were tired in the game, rarely threatening despite their 69% possession.

“We created the chances but didn’t take them,” Conte added. “Today, many players were tired. It is normal when you play every few days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot are playing almost always, and you have to pay something for this.”

“We  have a lot of reason to justify the result against Manchester City — we played after two days. When you lose against Palace, when they are bottom of the table, and lose again against West Ham when they are in a bad position — if you lose points in these games, you are not in the title race.”

West Ham United sacks Slaven Bilic and appoints David Moyes

Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager, with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes appointed in his place albeit on an interim basis.

Bilic would leave the club in the Premier League relegation zone after the defeated in Saturday’s 4-1 game against Liverpool at London Stadium, with West Ham officials said the club believed a change was necessary “to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”

Speaking to reporters as he left West Ham’s training ground, Bilic — who was appointed in the summer of 2015 — said: “There are no hard feelings. I can be very proud of my work here.”

“We didn’t start this crucial season well. As in many clubs across Europe, the manager is the one who pays the price. It’s a very logical move.”

Moyes, his replacement, will make his managerial debut for West Ham against Watford in the Premier League on 19 November.

The 54-year-old said he has a point to prove and is “hungry to get things right” after being appointed as West Ham’s new manager. He has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation to the Championship.

“It’s only been the last job where I feel it wasn’t a good move and I didn’t enjoy the experience,” Moyes said of his time with Black Cats.

“So I’m hungry to make sure I get things right now. I don’t know any manager who hasn’t gone through negative periods, especially in the game today. I hope it gives me great strength and understanding of what is required.”

Joint chairman David Sullivan claimed that Moyes is “the right man to turn things around”, and that the club “needs somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it”.

“He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again,” Sullivan added.