So our Croatian friend, Slaven Bilic, has been unceremoniously relieved of duty by the West Ham United Board/Co-Owners and has been replaced by former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss David Moyes.
The Silver Fox once again returns to the elite as he proves himself in the Premier League, with our beloved West Ham United. Now, I am a believer on 100% supporting the Boss regardless of results, duration of management or anything like that. In fact, I’m excited to see what David Moyes is bringing to the club.
Remember all those years ago when David took on the role at Everton, during Everton’s bad period where relegation was something to be scared of. He kept them up at the end of the 2002/03 Season.
Following the success of that season, Moyes also lead Everton to a Champions League place during the 2003/04 season before remaining with the club until Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United in May 2013.
Let us also briefly mention the Scots time at Manchester United, which only lasted a short 10 months in which Manchester United lost to Swansea 1-0 at home in the 2013/14 FA Cup Third Round as well as a 7th place finish in the Premier League.
Following this, David Moyes’ career took a European turn as La Liga club Real Sociedad approached him to become their new manager - a position he took with open arms. The highlight of his time at Sociedad was an emphatic 1-0 win over Barcelona, where news outlets drew comparisons to the Everton and Manchester United days. Once again, the Scot was sacked as manager as Real Sociedad suffered a rough start to the 2015/16 La Liga season.
His opportunity of redemption came in the form of Sunderland Football Club - an appointment our new Manager deeply regrets. Replacing Sam Allardyce as Manager of the club, Moyes’ season with the Black Cats, David Moyes’ time was rather rocky as he was placed under increasing pressure from the Sunderland board to boost results for the club, or else relegation would be on the cards.
And what about that famous remark he made to BBC’s Vicki Sparks, with the microphone on? "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in" the Scot said. Well, following a letter from the Football Association, asking for his thoughts, David Moyes began his time as a good boy.
Sunderland Football Club were relegated from the Premier League, following a 1-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth with just a few weeks to go.
And now, we’re here. He’s back in Management at West Ham United and I’m excited to see what the boss has in-store for us. Reports have already comes out saying that he’s ‘exhausted’ the players, which some might say reflects the lack of intensity during Slaven Bilic’s tenure as Manager.
He has a clean slate and until the end of the season to prove his worth at the Club. In that time, he has one transfer window in which some key Youth Players may be sold to bolster the squad, including a senior squad player by the name of Marko Arnautovic, whom has been dubbed a ‘flop’ by the mainstream media.
No matter though, I think David Moyes will enjoy life in the East End of London, despite having to work with David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady. I think his disciplinary skills, tactical mind and fierce training regimes may be what we need to kick start this season for us, or it could go horribly wrong and we are off to Burton Albion away next year.
Okay, that may not happen, but I’m going to, once again, support the Manager 100% and see what his vision for West Ham United will be in the future.
Welcome to West Ham United, David Moyes.