Fan view: Victory often celebrated as if there was no boss!


Regular Claret and Hugh blogger THE CAT has had a lot to say about David Moyes down the months but now gives his most important observation yet on the West Ham boss.

By The Cat

Here is my genuine opinion on the West Ham manager!

1. He is our most successful  of recent times

2. This could still be our greatest season for 43 years

The kindest way that I could put it, is that true perspective and knowledgeable understanding is needed.

The constant rumours and speculation are putting a dampener on what IS a momentous occasion for this club.

With most of the reports these days, victory is celebrated as if the team were playing without a manager and his “name” is hardly mentioned in these reports.

What I do know is that success cannot be built upon a revolving door policy for managers at any club.

Congratulations once again to Moyes and the Boys for giving me a night to remember…the Dream Lives on.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Budgie says:

    Well said, as I have often said much comment on social media re David Moyes is in my view abuse and far from constructive.
    In his first two seasons we were in the top six most goals scored. This year we have the unwanted record as having worst goal conversion rate from scoring opportunities. Hardly the fault of manager and more due to failure of players to take opportunities offered. Even last night Cornet missed a sitter just like one he missed at Fulham. Our new players have taken most of this season to adapt to tough requirements of Premier league and/or been injured. It’s now starting to show results.If we are defensive why do we concede so many silly goals?

    • The Cat says:

      Totally agree with you also Budgie. You make a very good point about constructive criticism, as it is something which is usually missing from the abuse.
      It may simply be my opinion, but I believe that David Moyes deserves untold respect for everything he has done at this club in such a relatively short time. I credit him with sorting out the infrastructure of this club which was an absolute mess when Pellegrini left.
      The back story to our struggles this season seem to be a blind spot which has been conveniently ignored by many. There has been a massive turnover of players (upgrades), all of which have had to get used to the pace of our game whilst trying to settle into life with their families (with language difficulties in some cases). Then we had the World Cup, slap bang in the middle of our season and then we have had injuries to key players, where we had to field makeshift teams for extended periods (not to mention wantaway Craig Dawson). These aren’t excuses, they are simply facts, which would normally be taken into account in most walks of life, but they are deemed to be insignificant to a few of our supporters.
      This is without a doubt one of the BEST periods in this club’s history and we all need to realise this and focus on what “We do Best” and that is to Support the team, manager and coaches…….. and we may even be rewarded with some Silverware this season.

  • JeremyD says:

    Completely agree. There seems to be a vendetta against DM. There is no silver bullet for long-term success in football, you can’t just buy a new manager and hey presto it’s all great. There are twists and turns, and bumps in the road. Moyes has demonstrated that while not perfect – who is? – is is a capable strategist as well as tactician, and can help the club build for long-term success. Personally I am proud to have DM at the club and proud of the fact that when so many other clubs are dumping their manager DS & co have stuck with him. Everyone thinks they’d be a great manager, but they are “armchair quarterbacks” who have never actually done it themselves. DM has. Let him do his job and judge him on end results, not constantly pointlessly criticizing.

    • The Cat says:

      Couldn’t have put it better JeremyD, these “armchair quarterbacks” don’t have the depth of knowledge or the mental strength to make decisions or put up with a weeks worth of what they dish out.
      It’s good to know that we haven’t all been seduced by this echo chamber nonsense, as the tail should never wag the dog.

  • Clive says:

    Totally agree with everything above. Seduced by the echo chamber is an excellent description of what happens when all these websites and you tube channels start to copy each other maybe because they’re too scared to stand up to the noise. Too easy to criticise. Not so easy to stand up for something or somebody. Easy to jump on a bandwagon. It means you don’t have to think for yourself. Great to know there are still people who are more considered and less trigger happy who realise exactly how far we have come under Moyes and they we could go further if we just have a bit of understanding and patience and get behind the team and the management in what they’re trying to achieve.

    • The Cat says:

      I enjoy reading your comments Clive, you’re obviously fiercely independent and are able to see what is before you without needing to be told what to think.
      Well said.

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