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Moyes: Owners need to agree on his “right direction”

David Moyes has a number one priority at West Ham United and he makes no bones about it!

Nor does he pull any punches over the fact that whilst he knows the direction in which he wants to take the club, its owners are going to have to share the vision.

In a broad ranging interview at https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/david-moyes-interview-west-ham-news-a4518211.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1596712267 the manager has made his hopes very clear.

And it seems to us that he has got it bang on in claiming that this is a club that can shoot for the top quickly but should rather be looking to stabilise in a big way

He has been immensely proud to have rescued the club from the depths of a relegation struggle and has every right to feel pleased with the achievement.

But he wants no more of that and instead is plotting his way forward to what hopefully will tun out to be calmer waters for the club and its long suffering fans.

After two relegation battles – both won – he has earned the right to impose his own will on the club and we can only hope that he finds the board 100 per cent in tune with his vision.

He explained:  “This one has been one of the toughest periods I’ve had in management. It said a lot about the club’s owners that they were big enough to come back for me, knowing that I had done a good job the first time. My history is one of building clubs, picking young players.

I have ideas of how things should look and West Ham are a prime club for that. It has incredible potential which is a bit untapped. There are a lot of things going for this club. Do I think we can go from the position we’re in to right at the top? No — let’s be more realistic.”

Let’s continue to make progress. Let’s see something which excites the supporters but let’s also continue to build this team. Ultimately, though, that’s not my decision. That’s the way we should be going but the owners need to agree that yes, this is right direction for this club.”

We would like to strengthen in a lot of areas. We’re lacking in defensive cover. We’re also looking to see who could move on, because that could change the direction we take during the transfer window.

“The owners have spent a lot of money in the last few years and I’m not sure a similar amount will be available this time. Whatever there is, though, we will spend it wisely.

“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”

“Pride is not a word I use very often but this was a big achievement. I want to be at the top, I want to be challenging for Europe, but I can’t promise that. At the same time I want to give them[the fans] hope. I want to get back to that level — I’ve been there before.

“It can’t happen overnight. You can have a good year and then a bad one, but if you’re continually going to chop and change, that will always happen. Anyone who knows anything about football would surely say, ‘This is a club that could do with a period of stability.’

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

5 comments on “Moyes: Owners need to agree on his “right direction”

  1. Great stats: third highest scorers in EPL post-lockdown; sixth highest scorers in EPL since Moyes took over in January. Not sure those stats are what the ‘Moyes knockers’ thought they’d be seeing at the end of the season. Every time he’s interviewed, he says things that are encouraging. Good interviews often don’t translate to results on the pitch. But he’s delivered those, and a bagful of goals, too. Would like to see a new C&H poll asking people whether or Moyes has won them over, if they were initially sceptical.

    I’ve always though he was the right man for West Ham.

  2. West Ham board and strategy don’t go together.
    History says they have no vision, waste money by the bucketload and will say anything that people want to hear.
    In Brady they have a part time employee paid huge money who wants her name in the spotlight but all she has done is failed the supporters of this great club.
    Generally supporters of this club don’t trust this board, the ground and everything else was all lies.
    Their strategy is to get past 2023 and sell without paying millions to Newman/ Olympic committee.
    Moyes, if you trust them beware. You would have thought you would have learned.

  3. There’s Dave again. What team do you actually support Dave? I’m thinking either Spuds or Millwallkies – not sure why you need to follow the mighty hammers blogs but then again life is strange!

    On to more important things – I agree entirely with the article and ljd’s comments above. It’s essential the owners back DM with whatever he wants. We need stability and we will get that with the right management team. DM is the man to take us forward and bring better league finishes and decent cup runs. I’m optimistic with Moysey in charge –
    COYI.

  4. This club will never move on, as long as the current ownership model is in place. How many articles like this have you written in the past, attempting to exonerate owners who are obviously incapable of doing the job, and arrogant enough to ignore their own incompetence?

    I am absolutely bored stiff of this club being run like an absolute circus. A cycle of failure, perpetuated by a disappointing lack of leadership or responsibility.

    Everyone can see through these words forced onto Moyes, a man who has absolutely no other option than to tow the party line, from employers who have previously shown him such a lack of respect or anything like the humility he is forced to display.

    It’s a shambles, and it will continue to be. This site doesn’t even begin to address that.

    • Such a boring hypothesis. I support the board, like many others. Sure, things aren’t perfect but then, there aren’t many perfectly run clubs are there?

      I believe they really tried to support Pellegrini with player acquisitions and he ultimately failed to galvanise the team. Not the boards fault.

      Unless the board haters come up with a viable alternative for replacements (I doubt they have any) they’re always going to sound like children throwing their toys out of the pram. The ‘good old days’ (whenever they were… ‘86, ‘95, 2015?) belong in the past. Whining about them isn’t going to bring them back it’ll just cause you all more pain and inner turbulence. Why would you want that for yourselves?

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