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We should have kept David Moyes

West Ham Joint Chairman David Gold has made no secret he is a big admirer of David Moyes and was instrumental in getting him appointed the first time round, he also pushed for his re-appointment when things went wrong with Manuel Pellegrini.

On his first appointment on a six month contract Gold told Sky Sports News “I think it’s perfect for him and perfect for us. So I’m optimistic for the future, I’m pleased, I think we’ve got the best man that’s available at this time and

I’m sure he’s going to take us forward. You were talking about his experience, that’s what we need. He came from Preston, he was very successful at Preston and he was very successful at Everton, and we think he’s the right man for the job.”

In January 2020 David Gold told Talksport in an interview

I really liked working with David Moyes first time around. In different circumstances, it was only that unique opportunity to bring in somebody of that stature [Manuel Pellegrini] that precluded us from keeping David.

“Don’t forget, David had a six month contract until the end of the season and he fulfilled that.

“It’s not like we sacked him, we didn’t sack David Moyes.

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“But personally, and certainly with hindsight, I would have liked to have kept him.”

On re-joining West Ham in January  David Moyes promised to give West Ham United “no choice” but to extend his 18-month contract after returning for a second spell as manager.

Asked after returning to succeed Manuel Pellegrini if there were any hard feelings, Moyes said: “No, because things were done correctly – I wasn’t taken on and I was told that. I was disappointed, I’ve said that, but I’ve got another chance to go again.

I think it says a lot about the owners, they thought the job I did was good enough to give me another opportunity. This time I’m going to make it so there’s no choice but to renew. There’s a clause in there and I’m going to make it impossible to ignore that, that’s my plan.”

ClaretandHughsays: Retrospect is a word that says everything and nothing but there has never been any question that whilst David Moyes got a bum deal to be told: “Thanks but you are on your way”  not too many were complaining. However, there were some who genuinely believed he should have been kept on although by and large most seemed  excited at the prospect of Manchester City’s former boss arriving and being handed – in West Ham terms – the crock of gold at the end of a claret and blue  rainbow. That went to prove that spending multi millions doesn’t necessarily buy success. Somebody once said: “Any fool can spend money but what matters is what you buy.” By comparison Moysie has spent very little and shown he knows exactly what he’s doing. Where might we have been had he remained in the job? Who knows but the future is looking a lot more exciting under him than it ever did Pellegrini.

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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

5 comments on “We should have kept David Moyes

  1. I don’t always agree with you Sean, but I do 100% on this one!

  2. Said it first time around, swapping managers just after he’d saved us based on hearsay bout Pellegrini! Well at least u can admit how much of a mess u made of our team, and now Moyes’y is back cleaning up the debris and doing one hell of a job at it. Best I’ve seen our squad play for years. Bring on Liverpool. ” COYI”

  3. I’m of the opinion that, had the board recruited an independent Director of football as well as a scouting team our fortunes may have been better under Pellegrini. Husillios’ recruitment was a disaster for us, reportedly even with his previous employer. To entrust him with no pedigree in Premier League terms was a major mistake, subsequently he recruited players also with no PL experience, although they’re technically proficient, most lacked the physical characteristics that are so important in this league.

  4. I always had the impression that because Sully was the senior partner, it was his decision to ask Moyes back. So appologies for being wrong, and I tip my hat to Gold for being the better half of the duo and getting it right this time.
    The single most important trait that you need to be a successful manager at this level is being able to motivate the players that you have, Moyes has proved that he has this trait and ability to do this and Pellegrini clearly didn’t have what it takes to get the best out of the players that he brought to the club.

  5. I feel the owners dug deep and went for Pellegrini simply because they were under pressure from the fans. Many of us felt it was a buzzing move when MP signed…little did we realise that the guy didn’t have a plan B and he had to go. Fair play both DM and owners for going again…as was clearly stated – DM was never sacked as it was a short term deal. So no one lost face and things were done properly. Now is the time to realise DM is the man for the job……….and to stop listening to the whinging muppets who cry each time we don’t win. We now have a manager who has us playing the WHU way…COYI

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