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Memo to Moyes after presser: ‘Speak less, say more’

Maybe  David Moyes should learn to speak less and say more.”

His latest presser – ahead of the Chelsea game – was a sheer waste of time as far as information was concerned – presumably because he feels he doesn’t want to give anything away on his team planning.

But to claim just over 24 hours ahead of a critical game that he doesn’t know if either of two players – Ogbonna or Haller, will make it – is an absurdity.

Of course he knows and if he doesn’t there is something seriously wrong. It would be easy to have more respect if he simply said we would have to wait and see for obvious reasons.

All he managed to do was convince most that neither the best defender or central striker would be on the pitch.

He said: “Sebastien Haller and Angelo Ogbonna are getting closer. They’ve both been out on the grass and they’ve both been joining in training with bits. We’re hopeful that we can get them around the team but I’m not sure if they’re exactly ready yet. But they’re getting closer.”

Likely interpretation: “I’m not risking then because I want them for games which I have more hope of winning.”

The idea that he will be giving much away to Frank Lampard is also somewhat bizarre because I’m sure the former Hammer won’t be having a sleepless night over the involvement of any of our players given those available to him as Chelsea boss.

On the basis of the very little Moyes did say here’s the likely team: Fab; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Soucek Bowen, Lanzini, Antonio.


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2 comments on “Memo to Moyes after presser: ‘Speak less, say more’

  1. Doesn’t matter what Mr Moyes says. It’s all very well to say Haller has been on the grass – but what does that mean? He had crafty spliff when nobody was looking?
    Come to think of it, give all of them a go on the wacky baccy – it might gee them up a bit. On the other they may not care if they lose; except Declan and Jarrod who look like they give a toss.
    Come on you Irons.

  2. I agree that West ham should play Ogbonna AND Haller but only if they are a 100 Per cent fit.. Playing Lanzini would be a mistake. . There is no point in p;laying Anderson or Lanzini again this season . They are simply not interested in playing for West Ham. so i hope Moyes learns from that. an Alternative would be to play Wilshire if he is fit in a narrow midfield and congest midfieldd, with Rice , Soucek, Noble and Wilshire, with Bowen pushing up alongside Antonio from the right. at this stage Moyes doesnt know his best starting 11 because He cannot rely on several players to perform . I hope Ogbonna lays some part in the game

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