Moyes: “West Ham only scratching the surface”


West Ham only scratching the surface

David Moyes is quickly – it seems – getting to where he believes West Ham have always been capable of reaching but that right now we are only scratching the surface of what’s possible.

His arrival saw him save the club from relegation and even in those days he believed the club was destined for big things.

Interestingly, I had personally told many long before his arrival; that I saw the Irons as the Everton of the south – a club capable of achieving much on a limited budget at that time.

Since then the club has been spending big and Moyes has been the beneficiary of Declan Rice’s departure and funds the board has inputted.

Now after our third year in Europe we are becoming a club of which the public at large are taking notice, attracting players who they recognise as being very good operators indeed.

And not unnaturally Moyes has been discussing the journey we are on and spoke of it during his Newcastle presser.

West Ham has huge growth potential

He said: “When I came in, I saw West Ham as a Club with a huge potential for growth. I was very fortunate to see some big clubs and be at some clubs for some long periods and I really thought West Ham had a very big opportunity to grow and get better. And I believe we are.

I think three years in a row with European football had not been done before. I think getting to a final and a semi-final the year before, even finishing in European positions and challenging near the top of the league is a really big thing.

David Moyes

So much more West Ham can do

But I think to see West Ham as a football Club grow is the most important thing. There are many more young supporters coming to the games because they are players they can identify with.

It is already a huge club in this part of London, but I think we are still scratching the surface and there is so much more we can do.”


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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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