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David Moyes drinking in last chance saloon at West Ham

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 7 Nov 2017

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It seems that David Moyes appointment as West Ham boss has gone down like a lead balloon with the Irons fans. I recently wrote a post about the possibility of the Scot taking over at the London club.

However, at that point, it was just that, a possibility. For Hammers fans, it is now a reality. At least he has only signed a six-month contract, wrote one Hammers fan on social media.

I would take Allardyce over Moyes

It is slightly ironic that former Everton boss Moyes has joined West Ham, as it seems former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce could be the Toffees, next boss.

The former England boss is now the red-hot favourite at odds of 2/13 to fill the vacant post on Merseyside on a short-term deal until the end of the campaign.

I do not think that Allardyce or Moyes would have been at the top of either set of fans shortlists for their next boss. Both bosses style of play has come in for criticism in their careers.

As an Everton fan, I am glad that Moyes has not come back to Merseyside. I am not one of those ungrateful Toffees who hate Moyes. I just think the club have moved on and Moyes has struggled at every club since leaving the Blues. For me, Moyes coming back would have been a bad move for both parties.

I have seen a few West Ham fans on social media write that they would have liked Allardyce to return to the club, rather than appoint Moyes.

They offer a fair point in that Allardyce has never suffered relegation, whereas their new boss took Sunderland down last season.

Moyes last chance in the Premier League

Somebody asked me the other day how David Moyes still gets jobs in the Premier League. My answer was that during his Everton career he did a decent as a coach and manager.

He did a good job at building a strong squad on a very limited budget. Since his 2013 appointment as Manchester United boss, any managerial ability and reputation he built up seem to have disappeared.

A decade of keeping Everton punch above their financial weight has been destroyed by some bad career moves, joining Sunderland being the worst move.

The Black Cats had been dicing with Premier League death for years. They had gone through managers like a knife through butter in recent years and finally paid the price last season.

David Moyes simply has to make it work at West Ham. He cannot afford to fail in the Premier League again. If he does, then top-flight teams are unlikely to touch him with a ten-foot barge pole.

West Ham are a different prospect to Sunderland

I have a lot of time for West Ham and I do believe that David Moyes has walked into a far better situation in east London than he did at Sunderland.

The Scot joined Sunderland when there an absence of players and lack of quality in the team. The squad were simply not good enough for the Premier League and a relegation battle was inevitable.

As the Black Cats have shown this season, some of those players are probably not even good enough for the Championship, never mind the top-flight.

However, West Ham have a decent squad of players. They are just underperforming. It looks to be the perfect chance for Moyes to get back into the managerial saddle.

The Irons may be in the relegation zone, but for me, they are a far better team than that. If Moyes can get the likes of Michail Antonio, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini playing then they will move up the table in no time.

Moyes must grab this opportunity with both hands. The Scot has very little time to save his top-flight managerial career. For the sake of West Ham fans, I just hope he succeeds.

Can David Moyes prove his doubters wrong at West Ham?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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