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Dicks Voices Concern about Lopetegui

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West Ham United legend Julian Dicks has expressed reservations about the club’s decision to replace David Moyes with Julen Lopetegui.

It’s the worst kept secret in football that Lopetegui will be West Ham‘s next manager, with an official announcement delayed out of respect for Moyes.

While Moyes received a proper send-off after West Ham’s 3-1 win over Luton, Lopetegui hasn’t been a popular choice among some fans. Names like Ruben Amorim, Thomas Tuchel, and Paulo Fonseca were seen as more desirable options.

Lopetegui’s recent departure from Wolves and his perceived lack of attacking tactics raise concerns for fans who crave a more exciting brand of football.

However, some fans are becoming more open to Lopetegui after learning more about his coaching experience.

The Spaniard will need to demonstrate a clear change in playing style and results to win over the fanbase. He also faces the challenge of significantly improving West Ham’s small and aging squad.

West Ham legend Julian Dicks, known for his attacking approach as a player and assistant manager, has voiced his worry about the future under Lopetegui. He questions whether fans who desired a more attacking style understand the potential risks.

Dicks emphasises Moyes’ achievements: consistent top-10 finishes, European qualification, and the club’s first trophy in 43 years. Quite alarmingly he implies that prioritising attractive football could lead to relegation.

As much as I admire Dicks, he is wrong. Other Premier League teams like Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, and Newcastle United have successfully balanced attacking football with good results. I suggest that we should perhaps wait to see how he performs first, before we start judging.

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  • Pessimist says:

    Why can’t these old Players keep their mouths shut and just see how the man does ?

  • Breville says:

    Doom merchants walking around with there sandwich board “the end is nigh” is rather boring….if you do not change and evolve you are stuck and eventually will whither and die…..so stop all the new manager bad mouthing let him get on with the job and lets see what he has to offer…and it will take a full season to start the process so if anyone thinks it will be a quick fix after the summer transfer window think again.

  • Lee says:

    Agreed

  • Useless page says:

    How can someone making a prediction about the future be wrong before the event happens?

  • Martin says:

    It will take a while before a new style embeds. We can look forward to a few performances where we don’t look like we know what we are doing (not just defending) before a new style emerges.

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    It wouldn’t get his name out there if he said “Yes, it seems like a sensible appointment to me” now would it?

    The fact is, Loppy will get his chance, whether he deserves it or not. I think he does, and am optimistic for the next stage in our growth. Managers who have dealt with players in the Spanish national team and Real Madrid are going to come with something about them, and I can’t wait to see what he can do with a clean slate and new players.

    A manager sets the style based on the players he has at his disposal. It’s called ‘adapting to the circumstances’. Wolves had different circumstances to us, so let’s just see.

    As for Julian Dicks. I loved him as a player, but as my Mum always used to say “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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