Newly-appointed Hammers Boss David Moyes has played down any suggestion of a rift between him and Vice-Chairwoman Baroness Karren Brady after she publicly criticised him for comments made back in March.
MooreThanJustAClub were lucky to enough to be at The London Stadium on Wednesday afternoon as Moyes addressed The Media for the first time and had this to say about his early meetings with Brady,
“It was Karren who I spoke to before and it’s Karren who I have had a meeting with, I’ve said many times that I made a mistake and I apologised for that mistake right away”.
The former Manchester United Manager went on to add,
“We talk to Journalists like this all the time and sometimes it can go the wrong way”.
When replying to a question about whether the incident in question, where Brady was quoted as saying in her weekly Sun Column,
“If it’s wrong to be a bit racist, it’s also wrong to be a bit sexist, but while he should keep his job, I really hope that from now on he starts to think before he speaks.”
The Scotsman was reserved, stating,
“She didn’t discuss it at all, it was written six months ago so I don’t think there was any need to.
I have had two or three conversations with Karren, they have been very good, and I have actually quite enjoyed listening to her and hopefully, we can have a good relationship together”.
The Baronesses’ previous comments were, of course, aimed at a threat that Moyes, in charge of a faltering Sunderland side at the time, made to female Reporter Vicki Sparks.
After the BBC Radio 5 Live Journalist had asked him a question about feeling pressure in the presence of Black Cats Owner Ellis Short, the Interview had ended and Moyes was recorded slurring,
“You were just getting a bit naughty there, just watch yourself, you still might get a slap even though you’re a woman”.
However, it is clear to see that the former Everton Boss regrets his actions a great deal and has well and truly cleared the air with everyone concerned.
Moyes also went on to comment about the appointments of his Backroom and Coaching Staff, confirming that he had been speaking to former West Ham United player Stuart Pearce about taking up a role under him.
It is unclear at this stage who else might be joining him, but one thing is for sure, the Scot must let the results to the speaking if he is to be a successful successor to Slaven Bilic, starting with the trip to Vicarage Road in a week’s time.