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Moyes: Players must make stadium a fortress again

David Moyes reckons the players can turn the London Stadium into a fortress – just as they did when he was here before.

After a disastrous season at home he wants the squad to do what they did back then – impact on the 60,000 fans we get every week.

Then he feels the results may come but he has made it clear there can be no looking back to the old days and hankering for the Boleyn.

The home ground is now the London Stadium and he obviously believes everybody has to get used to that rather more quickly than they have so far.

Speaking to reporters Moyes gave his views on the the stadium and how the squad has to approach home games as they bid to drag themselves out of trouble.

He said: “The first thing I would say is that we turned it into a bit of a fortress before. But I think that was the players who managed it.

The players impacted on the supporters, impacted on people who go to the games by how they performed, we told them what we thought they could do to make it better.

There are not many clubs in world  football that get 60,000 people every week. There is a handful. Maybe more than a handful  We need to give them something that makes them cheer.

I am going to say this. The stadium is something we have got. I think I said this last time, it will be there for a 100 years. So we need to get used to it.

We need also to find a way to win regularly, how we can make it difficult for the opponents. There is nobody who would go back and say  the days at Upton park were not great days. I came as an opposition manager and it was really difficult. We have to try to make that happen.

ClaretandHugh says: So the talking is now all done. David Moyes has talked a good game but now it’s time for business and despite the fact he has only had two or three games we need to see a response from players whom we now know have thoroughly gone off the boil and who have slipped into some bad habits under Pellegrini. Bournemouth have to be beaten and we have the squad who on their day can manage that against a team thoroughly out of sorts with itself. COYI



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6 comments on “Moyes: Players must make stadium a fortress again

  1. 2 or 3 days

  2. A really interesting article from The Independent on West Ham’s lack of a long term plan and philosophy when compared with more successful clubs. There is a price to be paid for that.


    • Thanks, Pacific – just read it. It maybe shows David Moyes is not the dinosaur or ‘has been’ that some seem to portray him to be. The money and backing of Red Bull and coherence throughout those clubs equals progress. Also reminds me of the Ajax model of the 70’s and Ron Greenwood’s approach as far as the football part of it goes.

  3. Get in there David . We are a relatively poor club but with Great History . We have always clung on to the dream of being bigger than we actually are . The move out of the Boleyn was a bold move but needed when you consider the large fan base . It didn’t work out as we wanted but then again we were not exactly any great shakes at Upton Park . We kept trying through and thin and that is what cements us as fans . We really need our New Home to work , so , with that in mind wish you all the luck in the world . I’m 68 years old and have seen a lot at West Ham United . Would love to see us winning something .

  4. Is Mario Husillos still at the club?

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