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The whole Moyes ‘spoiler’ problem explained

We all wish the subject will go away or eventually runs out of steam as we recover and climb the table …but right now it just won’t

And in this piece Claret and Hugh follower nails for us precisely what is wrong with the way Moyes approaches games (with the possible exception of the game against  Nottingham Forest).

It doesn’t make pretty reading but it certainly smacks of the truth

By Stubbo

The trouble with Moyes’ whole match preparation is that it focusses on spoiler tactics rather than our own game.

What can we do to stifle. What can we do to counter. What can we do to negate ???

There is almost no focus on ‘what can we do to impose our way of play on them’ The reason? We don’t have a way of playing.

His whole ethos is about spoiling and nicking something off the back of it, from a breakaway or a set piece.

That’s simply not how top teams operate. It’s not a winning mentality, but a subservient mentality. It assume the opposition are stronger and can’t be over powered by force of performance, and it will never harness our own talents fully, because it focusses so much on trying to stop theirs.

The man really has to go.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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

6 comments on “The whole Moyes ‘spoiler’ problem explained

  1. Totally agree Stubbo
    His favourite tactic in the very rare occasions we get in front seems to be to go into defensive mode to hang onto the lead. It is the sort of thing a manager of a small club does trying to overcome the odds.
    I think he believes that he is managing Wigan not West Ham.
    Now think about how Thomas Frank organises Brentford to get the best out of them with far less resources and Newcastle are flying and have spent considerably less .
    Plus ça change , as Big Kurt Zouma would say (if you asked him)

  2. In a nutshell

  3. Yep, absolutely, spot on. All the talent and skill of individuals is lessened with no chance of flourishing and I do not see patterns of play of a well-oiled team either, used to playing together – no quick, slick passing which you see in many teams, For ages I have wondered what they do in training to so disjointed on the pitch. To be honest it would be interesting to know.

    We always hear about Everton days, but they were never a great team under DM. They reached a level of play which was ok/good and they never got beyond that. They were not an entertaining team to watch either. Football has evolved and moved way beyond the average to good levels Everton reached under DM.

    I think it is really sad this is not a continuing success for DM – this was a fantastic opportunity for him to put everything right including his recent managerial failures/failings, but there is no way he can stay in charge now. Players, fans, academy, club all are disillusioned.

  4. Agree , far to negative !

  5. That’s interesting, I haven’t thought about his match prep before and that he focus’s in that type of tactics(s).
    This is totally crazy, how is this what you build your career on? I can understand in a minor capacity but how has he remained in the game with this mindset and also it shows the naivety of all the clubs boards and sadly how backward our owners and board have been.

  6. I’ve heard him say that the most dangerous time to concede a goal is after you’ve scored.

    I’ve heard others in the game say the opposition is most vulnerable just after you’ve scored.

    Which one of those you believe in probably showcases your general attitude and approach to games.

    We know Moyes always goes defensive. He’s failed.

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