Tony Cottee is an unashamed fan of David Moyes and having himself played at Everton believes he knows why our manager has found exactly the right club since his Goodison days.
TC was disappointed when he was allowed to leave after his last spell at the club and insists that if allowed to make all the footballing decisions at the Irons we will truly be on our way.
However, he’s stunned by the speed with which the Scot is turning around the club’s fortunes, believes the Champions league remains a possibility but that the Europa Cup is much more likely.
Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he declared: “He gets it – everything about West Ham, notably the fans who are very similar to Toffees supporters.
“I have played for both clubs and they are so alike – the fans are absolutely essential – they are the most important feature and Moysie gets that.”
It’s an easy view to understand with Everton living in the shadow of Liverpool and the big Manchester clubs with a devoted following just as we do in London.
TC added: “They have been similar clubs as far as budgets are concerned and David understands how and where to go for bargain buys
“His signings are remarkable and he will need to find a way of signing Jesse Lingard who has been remarkable whilst I fully expect a move for Blackburn’s Adam Armstromg who is a 5ft 8in front man along with a bigger more physical type.
“He’s a top top manager – you don’t get recommended by Sir Alex to follow you if you aren’t but that was something of a poisoned chalice – how do you follow a legend?
“But now after a spell in the wilderness he is showing what he is all about and is taking the Irons on an astonishing journey.
With him at the helm in total charge of footballing affairs we can finally reach the promised level — everything looks so good to me.”
TC added: “I know he understands everything because when I and other former players go to the training ground he gives us a a terrific welcome because he knows what we meant to the fans.”