When David Moyes left Manchester United he was described as an old school manager, and was even called a dinosaur to suggest his football style was outdated.
It’s hard to say why Moyes had that reputation, but his work with West Ham over the past couple of years since he left Old Trafford should have proved any doubters wrong.
When Moyes joined the Hammers, the club were 17th in the Premier League and just one point clear of the relegation zone. Two years later they are fighting for a Champions League place, and their style of football is still evolving.
“Sometimes you have to break things to make them better. You have to change things up and see if you can find something else and I am in that mood at the moment,” Moyes said after an important 1-0 win over Wolves at the weekend.
West Ham still have Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs left to play this season, not to mention European football as they face Sevilla in the Europa League knockout stages. It’s a tough schedule to see the season out but it will be interesting to see how well they do against the big teams when it’s crunch time.
The difference Moyes has made is that he’s mixed the players and made a team, like we always expect from him. All players have to be fit, and combine that with some skilful players and some that are very hard to beat due to never giving up, and you have a much more balanced team. It sounds familiar because that is what he did with his Everton team.
West Ham fans would want to see Moyes at the club for a few seasons to come after the evolution they have seen, and it would make the man himself happier than anything if he could charge into the final Champions League spot against the odds, and against his old club Man Utd.
It’s hotting up in the race for top four but it could be a mistake to dismiss Moyes and his West Ham team. #mmlove