Moyes shows his difficult side


No one can criticise David Moyes’ current on field methods but last evening before the game against Freiburg he demonstrated how he can often be difficult and tetchy.

Frankly I – and many others I guess – found it difficult to understand why he refused to answer a question on Jarrod Bowen’s England call up and decided to tick off a reporter who asked him on camera.

TNT sports reporter Archie Rhind-Tutt simply asked of West Ham’s progress: “Part of that success has been Jarrod Bowen called up to the England squad today, looks like he’s leading the line.

“What are the qualities do you think that have made him stand out in your team?”

Moyes replied: “Well I’m not going to answer anything to do about Jarrod getting in the England team before a West Ham cup game tonight so let’s keep to the West Ham questions please.”

Frankly it was entirely illogical and unnecessarily confrontational as essentially the question was asked as a result of how the No 20 has been performing for the Hammers.

But that is this particular manager for you. He’s doing great right now and well done to him, Jarrod and the squad.

Moyes has been applauding his game for days and explaining how he is becoming a much better player so why he wouldn’t want to repeat or elaborate on how that has led to a Three Lions call up is truly difficult to understand.

Moyes let himself down because there was no reason not to answer surely!

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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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