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Europe – the players have “been getting it in the ear”

David Moyes admits that the Hammers players have been getting it “in the ear” over the boss’s ambition to qualify for the Champions League.

The Irons are still in the race to make Europe’s top club competition.

With just three games of the club’s season to go, the Hammers are six points behind Chelsea in fourth, but they have a game in hand.

We are just two points behind Liverpool in fifth but the fixtures mean that the Reds have qualification in their hands.

Moyes accepts that Champions League qualification is still a way off, especially after a run of poor results, but he says he has made it abundantly clear to the squad just how much he wants to be playing in Europe next season.

He told reporters: “Maybe sometimes you can take a step too far. Even European football for a club like us, folk would be saying you don’t want to be playing European football on a Thursday and then [League] on a Sunday, all that carry on. I do. I want it bad.

“I want the players here to want it bad. They’ve been getting it in the ear off me for six to eight months so for that I really want it. When you get a chance you’ve got to take it. We’ve had a smell of Champions League, we’ll keep trying to go for it but that has got a little bit less likely than maybe it was a couple of weeks ago.”

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Moyes looking for a Rice revelation

David Moyes is hoping for a Rice revelation when he finally returns from his injury he suffered on England international duty.
Speaking to reporters on Friday Moyes revealed  “He’s on the grass so he’s really getting close, whether he’s quite ready yet I don’t know, but that also means is he the same Declan Rice he was six weeks ago? There are lots of reasons to say that it might be great that he’s back around it but have we got the same Declan Rice? When we get him back we’ll have to find out.”
The 22-year-old has been out of action since the end of March while he pulled up with a knee problem during the England v Poland game.
He carried on playing but a later scan revealed a serious knee injury. He appears to be on the verge of a return but will it come too late for West Ham this season.
His return on Saturday is said to be touch and go and two further games after that to turn West Ham fortunes around.

Moyes wants more of the Czech connection

David Moyes is hoping to bring in more players of Tomas Soucek and Vlad Coufal quality as he looks to properly strengthen the Hammers squad.

The boss loves the Czech pair, who have been spot on since their respective arrivals from Slavia Prague.

Soucek has been brilliant in midfield, while Coufal has probably emerged as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League since his arrival.

Moyes thinks that the duo have raised the standards in east London, and is using them as an example to shape the club’s recruitment.

He told reporters: “Going forward we are still very much in a time where we are trying to build and bring in stability to the club. I’d like to continue getting in young players for the future, but I’ve also got to think about the short-term which I mentioned when I took the job. So those boys have really helped us.

“If I could find another two like that, I’d be incredibly lucky, because I’ve been so lucky to get myself two players from the Czech Republic who, more importantly than being good footballers, have been great men and great ambassadors for the sport of football. They play. They try to play every minute. They don’t miss a day’s training. They’re never injured. It’s nearly a bit of a throwback.

“If I could get another two like that, it would massively improve our squad and we could, but as you well know that’s not that easy. But I’ll try. I’ll try to do that again if I can.”

Moyes also thinks the dedication of Soucek and Coufal have really altered the way West Ham’s squad operate, with both players regularly coming into the gym to train on their days off.

He added: “It’s changed a lot. I mentioned to somebody the other day that the mentality has changed. I’d have to put a lot of the mentality change down – I hope – to the work we’ve done and what we’re demanding, but I have to say the individuals change it.

They’ve changed it because they’ve come in and said: ‘Why would you be tired? Why would you need a day off? Why do you need to rest? Why would you not be doing extra?’

“What that’s done is it’s kept the staff right on our toes because we’ve been in every day. That’s why we’re really looking forward to the end of the season now for a bit of a break! But they have.

We want players who are hungry, driven, really want to have a go. They’re thrilled to be playing in the Premier League and long may that continue.”

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Silence is golden for Moyes

David Moyes was keeping quiet on team news during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Hammers game against Brighton on the South coast on Saturday evening.

The manager was coy when asked about injuries by reporters saying some of them are doing well and some not so well but hopes to get some of them back for the  game.

Pushed about by one reporter on Declan Rice’s chance of return this weekend the gaffer reluctantly revealed: ‘the same as Cresswell, Ogbonna, and all the other ones as well.

I would not rate them any differently as I would not give anything away regarding people’s injuries.’

Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini all have late fitness tests so the manager is going to keep everyone guessing as to who will be available for selection on Saturday.

Arthur Masuauku is not thought to have a chance of selection.


Moyes coy on potential Man United rule breach

David Moyes refused to be drawn into Manchester United potential rule breach when the Old Trafford boss named a weakened side against Leicester City mid-week

They later lost to Liverpool 4-2 at Old Trafford after Manchester United fans attempted to blockade the Liverpool team coach.

The manager told reporters at today’s pre-match press conference that he had no complaints saying  Manchester United can do whatever they want, “Ole can do whatever he wants with his team.”

Moyes did add that he thought that reporters should be asking the Premier League those questions rather than himself.

Manchester United made 10 changes mid-week when they faced fourth-place Leciester City and there are accusations they breached rule L19 by not fielding their strongest team which gave the Foxes an unfair advantage.

The Premier League are unlikely to sanction the top six club and have been reluctant to enforce this rule in the past.

Leciester City are now third on 66 points some seven  points above the Hammers.

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Moyes hanging onto his dream

David Moyes has told reporters he refuses to give up on Champions League qualification despite the odds now stacked against the Hammers.

The manager told the media, gathered virtually for the pre-match press conference, that West Ham’s chances of  European Champions League football next season were better now than they were at the start of the season.

He admitted that it now looks like a distant dream, but he will keep dreaming and keep trying until it  proves impossible.

West Ham must win all three of their final games and rely on others to drop points to achieve a top-four place this season.

Anything is possible and all West Ham can focus on is winning on Saturday night against Brighton then preparing for their final two games against West Brom and Southampton.

Ten thousand West Ham fans will be present to witness the final game of the season at the London Stadium

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Select your West Ham starting XI against Brighton

The people’s choice poll is back where you pit your wits against the manager for the West Ham away game against  Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday evening at the Amex Stadium.

Everyone likes to think that know better than the manager when it comes to team selection.

We are running our survey asking you to name your starting team against the Seagulls.

Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Manual Lanizni and Mark Noble all face fitness tests.

Arthur Masuauku appears to remain out injured.

We will calculate and publish the mean average of the supporters starting eleven based on David Moyes new favoured formation.

Using the link below select a matchday squad of eleven players to start selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders,  five midfielders and one central forward after selecting your starting XI  please leave all other players blank and submit your entry.


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Moyesie on Lingard and Man United

David Moyes is remaining entirely non committal on Jesse Lingard’s future.
The Manchester United loanee has attracted nationwide attention since he joined the Hammers in January.
And he has been linked with a number of clubs as a result whilst there has been much discussion about the Old Trafford club offering him a new deal.
The player himself has dropped several clues that he may well prefer to stay at the London Stadium on a permanent deal and is known to have a very good relationship with the boss.
But he was refusing to give any information on what may or may not happen when he addressed a virtual presser ahead of the game at Brighton this weekend. 116
United have been reported as wanting around £20,ooo for the player should he choose not to sign a new deal and it’s know the Hammers are desperate to sign the attacking midfielder permanently
Speaking at his presser – after Jesse had been voted Player of the Month – the manager said: “He’s joined a team in great spirits and were doing great things. He’s added to that and given another dimension too.
We’ve enjoyed having him and I’m sure he’s enjoyed being here too because he’s given a lot.
He’s been back in the England squad and I hope he goes to the Euros and we’ll find out in time whether he’ll be a Manchester United player or not next season.”
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The Lawrenson verdict

Mark Lawrenson can see no end to the Hammers luckless run against Brighton this weekend.

The Hammers have failed to get a win over the Seagulls in their last seven attempts thus making the south coast outfit a genuine bogey team.

Lawrenson rarely manages to find it within him to tip a win for the Irons but maybe he has a case this time round.

For with Graham Potter’s now clear of relegation they can play without any element of fear against the still to qualify for Europe Hammers.

Lawrenson believes our Champions League hopes are  all but dead and he believes then south coast team can cause us more damage by grabbing a draw at the Amex.

He claimed the Hammers defeat by Everton last weekend all but finished off our hopes  of making the top four, even though it is still mathematically possible.

Writing on his BBC website he says: “I see more frustration for David Moyes’ side here too.

Brighton will be without suspended duo Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay after their red cards against Wolves. That should help the Hammers, but I still think Brighton will get something out of the game.

Staying up again this time means the Seagulls will spend a fifth consecutive season in the top flight for the first time in their history, which is a great achievement.

Well done to Brighton boss Graham Potter, and to the club’s board – because they went out on a limb to bring him in as manager in 2019, and gave him a long contract too.”


Big award for Jesse

Jesse Lingard is EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month for April!

The Manchester United loanee’s fabulous form since arriving at the Irons has drawn an entirely justified response from the judging panel.

That form has seen him become the fans ‘must have player this summer and he has even forced his way back into the international team.

After being nominated for the award in both February and March, the 28-year-old made it third time lucky.

Maybe he was unlucky to have to wait so long but whatever happens next he is going to be absolutely key to our chances of Euro qualification over the last three games.

He heads to Brighton tomorrow (Sat) looking to increase his goals tally from the current nine before the final two games of the season against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.

Commenting on the award an absolutely delighted Jesse declared: “It’s amazing. It’s the first time in my career that I’ve received this award and I’d obviously like to thank the fans for voting, my teammates and staff for helping me get there.

It’s been a long road and I’ve been nominated the last two months and even getting nominated was a great feeling for me as I want to be up there with the best and competing for the best awards.

“I definitely think I’m in the best form of my career. I’ve always wanted to work on consistency in my game and I think it’s come at a good time. Playing regular football always helps and I want to improve every game and try and help the team get as many wins as possible.”