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Moyes: 'I'm taking over a great football club'

Filed: Wednesday, 8th November 2017
By: Staff Writer

New Hammers boss David Moyes says that he is looking forward to starting work at West Ham.

The club's new manager was appointed yesterday and got straight down to work with his first training session at Rush Green - without the assistance of any coaches bar goalkeeping specialist, Chris Woods.

And speaking in his first press conference today, the 54-year-old Scot admitted that he jumped at the chance to succeed Slaven Bilic.

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"I got contacted just after the weekend," he said. "I was out in Qatar, doing some TV. 'Was interested', [I was asked]?

"I said 'yes' very quickly and that was how it sort of started. From there, a couple of quick meetings and I find myself here at the start of the week.

"It's good for us both. It's good for me because I'm back in, it's what I love doing and it's what I do. I also think it's good for West Ham as well, I think they've got a good manager!"

Moyes, who signed a short-term contract lasting until the end of the current season also insisted that the terms would not be a cause for concern - as it encouraged him to hit the ground running in order to earn an extended deal.

"Managers aren't having long-term contracts now and I think it'll be something that we come to see more in the future," suggested.

"You can see the turnover of managers at the moment , I think in the future it'll be moreso that managers are only signing one year contracts, for example.

"If I'd have taken West Ham over at the start of the season, I'd have been saying 'let's do a year at a time'. As it is I've taken ove a couple of months into the season and I'm happy to go to the end of the season.

"It gives me a chance to have a look at the East End of London, work at the club here and it also gives the Board and supporters the change to see David Moyes working."

Moyes also revealed that one of his first tasks would be to tray and recreate the spirit of Upton Park in Stratford, where a positive atmosphere has been distinctly lacking since West Ham moved to the OS.

"I'm taking over a great football club - it used to be one of the most fearsome places to come and play football," he added. "You ask any manager in the Premier League - coming to Upton Park back in the day was a really tough place to go.

"I don't see why it should be any different now - none at all. For me, that has to be the purpose of how we start."

You may watch Moyes' entire press conference below...

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