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Moyes give terms on which he will stay

David Moyes has declared he would like to stay at West Ham but with the proviso that everybody is on the same page.

Writing in his London Evening Standard column he says that he believes the club is on the right road and adds: “My short-term contract expires very soon.

“If we can agree common goals at the end of this season I would like to stay at West Ham as I do believe we are on the right road.

 In football management, the first few months are often the toughest. Sometimes you need to straighten things out, take a hard line and people don’t quite like it.

You are trying – quickly – to evolve the squad, to improve players, to make things better. I think we’ve come through a big chunk of that process now.

BIlic: “Good man and very good manager”

I have to say I have really enjoyed this job. Everyone has made me welcome and in my eyes we’ve had very little negativity from within because we’ve always tried to keep things going.

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We’ve tried to be honest and straightforward with the supporters and everyone around the club.

There were disciplinary issues which needed to be sorted and more will need to be ironed out given time.

 People within the club were looking for those things to be sorted, as were the supporters who watched the team. Whether it was timekeeping, players wearing suits, making club appearances or something even more fundamental, they had to be addressed.”
On the playing front he says he remembers saying that organisation needed improving.
He explained: I was never going to criticise Slaven Bilic because he is a good man and a very good manager but I do remember saying to the players: “Don’t be coming back to me and complaining that we’re working you too hard on organisation.”

The players responded well and it’s my belief that they want structure, they want to be told what to do.

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10 comments on “Moyes give terms on which he will stay

  1. In other words, if there are players who are against him, it is only because they don’t like the strict regime. Good get them out, so he can take us forward. He has brought the best team of coaches we’ve had at the club for decades. There work has just begun.
    As long as he gets reasonable money, and control of the squad, he will succeed.

  2. You took the words right out of my mouth Sleeps !!
    As far as I’m concerned he’s done everything that was possible with the squad that he and his back room staff were given …
    If the board don’t back him in the transfer targets he wants and when I say back him, I mean actually BUY what he wants then I think he and his staff should and rightly so pack their bags and move to a club that actually shows the ambition which he aspires to….now we’ll see exactly what the board do…he said quite clearly what his ambitions are ….

  3. Thing is, he has had six months to work out which players are with him& which are not. To work out who is over the hill & who is not. To work out what needs to change within the club. So no excuses if it goes wrong but at least give him the chance.
    The two big questions 1. Are the owners willing to make the changes that might turn this club into a modern progressive & stable club. This will involve lowering DS’s profile in particular. 2. Will the financial backing be there? Moyes is in a strong bargaining position & I think he will take advantage of it. Hope he does.

    Interesting times for the Hammers!

  4. I honestly think we will have a new manager come next season.If you listen to his interview carefully after last nights match there were quite a few hints in his responses suggesting he will not be our manager next season.Some fans have taken against him because of his negative approach,but he was brought in to keep us up and that he has achieved.The question is how much would his playing style change with his own players on board and given a free reign next season.?.If he does stay he needs backing to the hilt in the transfer market as my namesake above says.Maybe exciting times coming.

  5. I agree with you hammers64. I think they’ll get rid of him, and I think that will be a mistake.
    Moyes has done what he was asked and he should be given a chance to build on that.
    I was never a fan of him coming in and I really liked Bilic. However, Moyes has done the job. Give him a contract and get moving with the transfers.

    If we bring a new manager in now they’ll have to get to know the players. Some of the players will be off at the World Cup. I just don’t think they’ll have time to get it all together. Moyes knows the players already. And, personally, I wouldn’t want to lose Psycho as the assistant either. From everything I’ve read he’s been great with the players.

    • I also think it would be a mistake, but I suspect they like him more than some of our supporters.

  6. Yes I picked up on those comments Hammers. I suspect his demands will be reasonable & understandable but will be too much for the owners. They also know some sections of the fan base (majority/ minority – who knows?) dislike him & that may well sway them. A ‘sexy’ name who is desperate enough to take the job without demanding the changes Moyes wants would be ideal from their point of view -in other words Bilic Mark Two. Even though that will probably be no good in the long term for the club. Oh well, maybe they will come up with somebody decent & surprise as all. Maybe…

  7. While Moyes may not play sexy football, I feel that he is much better than BFS in wanting to play good football

    He has also been loyal to players (tho he can be tough as with Rice) and respectful of the fans

    I would like to see the Daves give him a chance and back him in the transfer market – I am not sure how Pellegrini would manage with a side like West Ham

    • spot on about Pellegrini. These top managers don’t work miracles; they just demand strong squads to work with.

  8. Totally agree with all of the above …..what manager in the top six clubs could have done better than Mr Moyes has done given the constraints and injuries this year ? Probably none of them …..the simple fact is do our board have the serious amount of cash that’s needed to be invested into our squad ? At the going rate of decent players we’re probably going to need in excess of £ 125million to obtain 4/5 quality players needed …..as I said beforehand we’ll see exactly what ambition the board have in the coming weeks but it could well be sh*t or bust time next season should they get the next managerial position wrong ….we’re in a seriously precarious situation answer we all know it….get the money out or we’re surely doomed…..simple

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