Moyes: “I totally understand the supporters…no problem”


By Hughie Southon

David Moyes is having to live with enormous pressure right now and clearly realises that having raised the Hammers bar so high over the last two seasons the same or more is expected.

But it’s all in the game – he’s been around long enough to understand the highs and lows and that there’s a time you just have to get on with it.

He has received tremendous support from the board at a time when other clubs have ditched their managers – some in nothing like the position we are currently.

He may or may not deserve that – we think not – but he will be heading for south west London and Fulham tomorrow hoping and praying he can turn around a season which has gone almost totally reels of cotton.

Let’s not single it out as a must win match – they all are right now and Moyes will know what to expect if we come away beaten.

Commenting on his situation at the pre-match presser he said: “Part of being a football manager is that you don’t  win all the time.

Sometimes you have to lose and you have to deal with it. When you lose you have to learn how to bounce back, so we’re looking forward to trying to bounce back in the next game.

A manager’s job is to raise expectations. I think we’ve raised expectations, and then you have to live with the raised expectations.

We’ve not lived with them this year as well as we should have done, and I can totally understand the supporters. No problem at all.

Wednesday was a night where we made mistakes and I think they recognised that as well. Any football supporters at the game would have recognised that individual mistakes were the biggest cause towards us losing the game.”

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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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