Like many a West Ham supporter I was underwhelmed to say the least with the appointment of David Moyes. Since the unveiling of Moyes West Ham have picked up points and are finally crawling away from the bottom end of the table.
The hard fought point against Tottenham at Wembley was a gritty determined performance that showed how far we’ve come since his arrival. A more disciplined and organised display that told me that the players have bought into Moyes and what he’s trying to bring to the club.
There’s more instruction being passed onto the pitch and tweaks being made as a game develops. An assured figure that has a plan B in place if things aren’t going as expected.
Towards the end Slaven cut a beleaguered figure short on ideas and nouse to affect or alter beyond the technical area. As the effort and performance levels have increased results have on the pitch. Youth team players have been intergrated in the first team squad and been given the opportunity, something that rarely happened during the Bilic era.
I was fiercely loyal to Slaven Bilic but towards the end it was painful not only to watch the team go into free fall but to see a man who clearly loved the club not have the ability or tools get better results. Many have a fondness for Slav and there’s still a proportion who won’t have a bad word against the guy. I genuinely wanted Slav to succeed and in the end it was a so nearly which typifies West Ham.
If only we held the ball up, why didn’t he get a second yellow and how did that not go in. So so nearly.
You know that in the future West Ham will come up against a Bilic team and West Ham being West Ham will get walloped. Goals being scored by a 16 year old debutee , an injury plagued centre forward who hasn’t scored in four years and a player we nearly signed on a free who’s valued at £100 million and gets a hat trick.
It’s amazing how in a short space of time we’ve forgotten about our former manager and taken Moyes under our wing. This is a man in a hurry who’s come in and looks like he’s already won over a vast majority of the bemused fans who were unimpressed to with his appointment.
I like the man’s honesty and the fact he knows what he’s doing and going about it for the good of the team. The players that have been at his disposal have certainly upped their game and delivered when called upon with the exception of a few. Fitness and form can’t be held at the door of Moyes. One or two players have certainly been off the boil, whether he’ll have the opportunity to freshen up the squad in the transfer window remains to be seen. There’s been no talk of a permanent deal beyond the six month contract but I’d be looking to tie him down now.
I think the appointment of Moyes was a shrewd move and one that could be a blessing in disguise. They say it never works out when you meet someone on the rebound. Nonsense. I’d get Moyes a new suit and whisk him down the aisle straight away. There’s always going to be a place in my heart for Slaven but at the moment I just want to enjoy my relationship with Moyes.
Loved up? You’re making me blush.