Slaven Bilic was axed by West Ham’s board three weeks ago after a bad run in form saw the Croatian’s position with The Hammers become untenable, due to mounting unrest in both the stands and the boardroom.
Bilic had surpassed expectations in his first season in charge of the club, but after a disappointing 16/17 campaign was followed up by a poor start this season the decision to make a change was made. The West Ham board moved quickly to appoint David Moyes as Bilic’s replacement but can he keep The Hammers up?
Moyes shot to fame as a manager after taking over at Everton following a successful spell in charge of Preston. After great work at Goodison Park he moved on to Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement and since then things haven’t really gone to plan. The Scot failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford, before poor spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland followed. Many people have questioned his appointment after such a bad run but you could say he has a point to prove.
West Ham has given Moyes an initial six-month deal but should he impress, he will then be handed a long-term deal by the club. This is a great incentive for a manager looking to rebuild his reputation. His determination to succeed will definitely have a positive impact on a squad that has been way off the pace for some time and bringing in Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce, Billy McKinlay and retaining the services of goalkeeping coach Chris Woods means he has all the right people with him to turn the club around.
A lot has been said about how unfit some of the West Ham players appear to be and Moyes moved quickly to address this with intense fitness training sessions to whip his players into shape. It’s evident that the Scot is doing all of the right things so far and after losing his opening game in charge against Watford, after a lacklustre performance, West Ham faced Leicester at the London Stadium. Leicester did go in front but West Ham managed to level things up just before the break.
For the first time in a long time, West Ham fans saw glimmers of hope, especially in the second half and you’d imagine that in time Moyes will certainly be able to guide The Hammers to safety before moving them up the table. You’d say that the players are good enough, they just need to apply themselves more and tune up fitness wise but they certainly seem to be responding to Moyes and his staff.
With the winter transfer window on the horizon, you’d imagine that the West Ham hierarchy will be looking to back their current manager in order to help him get the job done. If Moyes is allowed to do some juggling in the transfer market the squad will certainly finish the window stronger than it started it and that should be enough to see Moyes achieve his goals this season.