A lot of debate has been sparked by the exact question, is David Moyes a step backwards for West Ham? Personally, I think this has a sense of truth along with a sense of falseness in terms of where West Ham were when Slaven Bilic got sacked. David Moyes had what some people would say a good career while at Everton, getting Europa League in a few seasons as well as making cup finals.
However, the job he did at Manchester United means a lot of people overlook what he did at Everton, he did have a fairly poor Manchester United career but at the same time a lot of people don’t see that whoever took over at United would be taking over from perhaps the best club manager in football. It was evident at the time that some players thought that they were “too good” to be playing under David Moyes, what didn’t help the Scottish manager is the signings that he made weren’t transfers that United would usually make.
He then moved to Real Sociedad after just one season at Manchester United and had problems there. It’s hard for any foreign manager to go to Spain and try to get the team to play their way especially if they don’t speak the language. Gary Neville, for instance, had a failed season in Spain in management.
The last team he signed for, they got relegated… Sunderland. However, in his defence he took on the wrong job at the wrong time, the team he signed for in my opinion didn’t have enough Premier League quality apart from Jordan Pickford and Jermain Defoe, nobody else in the Sunderland team that went down could be classed as good enough for the Premier League.
It’s been said before that teams have too much quality to get relegated, however this year I honestly believe that West Ham do have enough quality, on paper the team should easily be finishing mid-table and even pushing for the top 8 and top 6.
David Moyes can honestly guide West Ham out of the relegation zone as long as the players can stick with him as a manager and as long as his training keeps at a high quality so the players do not pick up continuous injuries.
I feel like we needed a change of manager because the players clearly weren’t behind Bilic, so I think the board made the safe option of bringing in a manager that had previously managed in the Premier League for a number of years.