Moyes claims Hammers hopefuls “lack football intelligence”


“If you’re gonna come to West Ham and expect to do six, seven years where you’re competing at the top, I think you’re probably kidding yourself on and I think anyone with any real football intelligence will probably go along with that.”

David Moyes

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes has given a real slap in the face to those who took him seriously when he claimed he was ready to build a new West Ham.

He has spoken many times about building a young and athletic side whilst declaring even this season that he sees us a Euro challenging side.

Right now, however. as we flirt with relegation it doesn’t look much like that despite a recent revival and Moyes reckons those among  who are expecting him to take us to the heights on a regular basis are fooling themselves.

Indeed he has gone further claiming that he reckons limited or long term sustained success is not something that anyone with “any real football intelligence” would expect.

Nice – thanks for the  lack of ambition and optimism after all the previous statements of intent . At least we now know where you are now it has all gone a bit pear shaped!!!

Be interesting to know what Messrs Sullivan and Kretinsky have to say after sinking nearly £200 million into the winter market!

Still a small club apparently despite over 6o,000 attendances in the London Stadium!

Moyes told Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast:

“I think to myself, West Ham have had three brilliant seasons. We avoided relegation, we took them into Europe the next year, we get to the semi-final of a European competition, we finish seventh the second year. So the perspective has made me say yeah, you know, if you’re gonna come to West Ham and expect to do six, seven years where you’re competing at the top, I think you’re probably kidding yourself on and I think anyone with any real football intelligence will probably go along with that.”

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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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  • Pessimist says:

    Well Mr Moyes you show yourself in your true colours. What a very, very backstabbing thing to say. You admit you were telling the Board and the fans lies. Now you sneer at those who expect you to do what you say. We want you Mr Moyes to do what you are paid a lot of money to do, especially when the Board has shown their ambition by backing you. Traitor.

    Whoever we put in as Manager, in the name of mercy free us from this liar.

  • johnham1 says:

    I read what he said, firstly he claims we have had 3 successful years. I think he did very well keeping us up and he also did very well in his first full season and the first half of the next season but we have been absolutely dire for the last 14 months. I cannot figure out where he got 3 years but I have long given up trying to figure him out. Secondly it is my opinion he has taken all the creativity and football out of the team. I go to a game on a high and then an hour before the game all that excitement just disappears once the team is announced I blame Moyes and nobody else for where we are now but the mad thing about all that is that he believes his approach is right and we are all wrong. He is a fool and the board have made a decision to stick with him that could have dire consequences. Players will leave in the summer that the fans want to stay. The relationship between the fans and Moyes is over.

  • Budgie says:

    My usual response to these comments /abuse is have a look at Leeds and Southampton in their desperate search for a new manager. Farce comes to mind do whatever you of Moyes the alternatives currently represent chaos!

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Interesting insight into his thinking, so now that he’s having a poor season suddenly it was inevitable and we’ve all been kidding ourselves eh? There we were, a club with an enormous loyal fanbase, a big seater stadium, an Academy to match any other, with the Board expanding with investment and the manager financially backed superbly with a 200mill spend, and all the time, apparently deluded. Deluded in listening to and backing a manager who continuously double talked the fans. A manager so defensive minded he couldn’t recruit and integrate top international attackers. A manager who dismantled and decimated a great Academy youth programme. Yes the club and the fans were deluded – in backing a man so shallow.

  • johnham1 says:

    The problem is Moyes, remove Moyes you remove the problem. The big difference with us and the teams around us is we have the players so this idea that we keep the problem because there is nobody better out is ludicrous. The lady in the canteen no offense could pick a better team that Moyes Place somebody internally in charge for the rest the season, plenty of candidates for example we have an england coach on our staff. Moyes has destroyed the team’s confidence with his negativity,. Without a doubt the sooner he goes the better for the players to play with freedom and quality and for everyone.

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