To the delight of just about nobody (aside from the people who really, really don’t like the Hammers), David Moyes became West Ham boss this week, replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen much information about the length of the Scot’s contract, which suggests to me that he’s only been given until the end of the season – and that David Sullivan and David Gold are not totally sold on the idea of a Moyes revolution at the London Stadium.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) November 12, 2017
Now just to be clear: I don’t have anything against David Moyes.
He had a decent stint at Everton, and was quite rightly lauded for the job he did there.
But since then, it’s just been a bit of a disaster.
There was no doubt that following Sir Alex Ferguson was going to be a tough ask for anyone, but it was a challenge that Moyes definitely failed, and the two jobs that followed his United exit – Real Sociedad and Sunderland – cannot be defined as anything close to success.
As a result, he comes into the West Ham role having failed at his last three positions, so the question has to be: what’s different now?
I guess the first answer to that may be that fact that West Ham are much more like Everton than any of the other three clubs he has managed since leaving Goodison Park.
David Moyes backroom team is now complete. pic.twitter.com/bsuhygJSh3
— West Ham Photos (@whufcphotos) November 12, 2017
Huge things were expected of his United side, and they were accustomed to winning most games, especially at home – this was not something Moyes was used to.
Sunderland started the season as relegation candidates – something that Moyes hadn’t had to contend with for years.
His time at Real Sociedad would have been a huge culture shock, and he really cannot be blamed for failing in Spain – how many British managers have succeeded out there? Not many.
And here he is at West Ham. A club with a decent level of support, who have generally been a pretty stable – if unspectacular – Premier League team.
Sounds a bit similar to Everton, no?
OFFICIAL: David Moyes’ message to West Ham fans. 😂🔥 pic.twitter.com/1UHgiUPjGD
— SPORF (@Sporf) November 7, 2017
No one can predict what will happen at West Ham, but for what it’s worth, here are my two cents:
If he’s given time, he’ll establish West Ham as a top 10 team. And that’s it.
No more, no less.
But there are two things to notice here.
One is the big ‘if’. I can’t see him being ‘given time’. Time doesn’t exist in football management anymore. You either succeed, or you leave.
Secondly, note that I said ‘top 10’ team. Moyes will not help West Ham break into the top 6. He will not bring European nights to the London Stadium.
And if the Hammers are happy with that, then Moyes is a decent pick. But if they’re not?