Simple! Moyes is the man


By CandA Associate Editor

Sean Whetstone

The top five names to be regularly linked as West Ham’s next manager are Benitez, Bilic, Bielsa, Moyes and Howe.

But for me it’s no contest with David Moyes the only sensible choice.

In our final year at the Boleyn ground we need to build on the stability Sam Allardyce has created for our club in the past five years and we need Premier League experience to guarantee survival.

It is not the time to be taking big gambles with managers with little experience or language barriers.

For me it is not just about Premier League experience and a safe pair of hands, David Moyes offers a lot more and people often forget what he achieved at Everton and focus just on his disastrous reign at Manchester United.

Moyes  completely rebuilt Everton from within, lowering the average age of the squad, replenishing it on modest means and helping to establish a youth system that still flourishes today. He encouraged the board to invest in Everton’s £8m training complex with it’s youth academy on-site.

He showed an emphasis on youth development and playing youngsters while at Everton. At his first board meeting as Everton’s manager, Moyes told directors they had erred with an aged transfer policy and needed to start again. I see him working well with his old mate Tony Henry who was his chief scout at Everton.

During his 10 successful years at Everton he took them from relegation candidates to top-six regulars in the league.

In the 10 seasons before Moyes’s first full campaign, in charge Everton finished 13th, 17th, 15th, sixth, 15th, 17th, 14th, 13th, 16th and 15th. In the 10 years after he took over they have finished seventh, 17th, fourth, 11th, sixth, fifth, fifth, eighth, seventh and sixth.

When Moyes arrived at Goodison Park from Preston North End in March 2002, Moyes picked up 13 points from nine matches to lead Everton to safety – they had only won one of their previous 13.

Working largely on a tight budget living within Everton’s board means, Moyes set about rebuilding the squad which qualified for the Champions League one season and regularly reached the Europa League.

He’s gets my vote!


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

14 comments on “Simple! Moyes is the man

  1. Paulo Wanchope gets my vote

  2. Lucky you don’t get a vote then…

  3. I certainly do not want to show disrespect to Mr Whetstone, but I partially disagree with his article. Maybe PL exeperience could be important , but it’s not (in my opinion) the most important thing: just look at Koeman this year (first PL year, amazing football with a team at our level) , Mourinho during his first year in PL (he won the championship), Ancelotti during his first year in PL (he won the championship), Rodgers during his first year in PL (no exerience in PL, but he did a great job). These are only a few examples, what I mean is that West Ham has not to be rebuilt,it’s already a good team, we just need some new good purchases but above all we need a true leader, a motivator, a manager with clear ideas and amusing football. Language is the last of our problems, a really good manager will able to make himself understood, I’m sure about this. That said, Moyes convinces me less then the others, he doesn’t inject enthusiasm into me, he doesn’t seem a charismatic leader. Bielsa would be my first choice, I think he is capable of meeting these requirements. But I repeat, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong. 😉

    • Throughly agree. Moyes would be an extremely dull choice – safety before progress again. Bielsa looks exciting and could bring joy and excitement back to West Ham fans. Bilic would be a good option as he has stacks of experience and a good track record – he may not have managed in the EPL but I agree that is not essential. If neither of these was available then we should take a punt with someone like Eddie Howe.

      Unfortunately I think the Tony Henry connection may mean that Moyes is already a done deal unless he has taken a particular liking to Spanish food!!!!!

  4. get rid of sam first cant stand another season with him

  5. Let’s take a punt and go for Warburton or Howe!

  6. Moyes?, AC first on the team sheet then in a Felani/Jelavic/Duncan Ferguson type role, now that’s sorted who is the best player to pick up the scraps? maybe Nolan

  7. I remember many seasons where Everton under Moyes had very slow starts and only late season form inflated their positions. If you don’t want to take any risks you stick with Allardyce until you are in the OS, any change to management is a risk, all the most successful managers in the World have struggled at some clubs for reasons that couldn’t have been foreseen. I want a change but I doubt we will see one, the David’s have too much money invested to risk it all in a gamble. I suspect that once they are in the OS and can sell the business then they will and let someone else take the gamble. The only managers I would like to see a change for are ones that are going to change the style of play, improve the quality of all the players and attract the best players, Moyes doesn’t fit into that category for me.

  8. Roberto di Matteo
    Look at his pedigree!! Fits the bill perfectly!

  9. Moyes won’t leave Spain full stop ( you can put your house on it)
    Mattee is ok but not one for us
    Biesla wants the job if the 2 Dave back him with the money he will be good
    Mattee back in Spain

  10. hahahahahah… ok Bubs! How are you?

    I voted twice Nolan “Hammer of the year”, I hope you did the same…

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