Moyes thrown in at the deep end

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 19th January 2020

Hammers boss David Moyes admitted that he hasn't joined West Ham at an idea time - but says he wants to give the fans a team they "can be proud of".

Speaking during his post match press conference following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton, the 56-year-old referred to the pre-match protest staged in the Olympic Park which was attended by some 2,000 supporters.

And he admitted that it is his and the club's responsibility to give the fans a team they can get behind when asked for his view on the anti-board demonstration.

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"My view is that, I understand lots of things at the club but the best thing I would like to do is give them a team, one they can be proud of," said Moyes. "I want the supporters to stay right behind the players.

"They [the fans] have been great with me since I came in. I do think that we need to give them a good team and I want to improve us.

"Today we haven't given away too many chances, or conceded too many goals so there have been small improvements - but now we need to give them something to shout about.

"I think the football manager can ease some of the burdens on the owners by their team's performance. But the manager needs good support, backing and I am happy to take that responsibility.

"I was happy to take it last time, I wanted it when I left and I want it again. I've been thrown in at not the best time but I have to say, I am happy to take it on to get a good team here.

"But I need time to do it, I can't do it right away and as you can see today, in truth, we didn't have an awful lot."

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And Moyes - who was once again forced to fill his subs bench for a Premier League match with players from the club's Academy - confessed that he was short of players and that he'd like to enhance his squad before the transfer window closes.

"If we could, yes," he said. "But what I don't want to do is bring in players that are not going to have an impact on the team.

"They have to have an impact on the team now, or buying a player that will be here for the next three, four, five years, longevity and develop into a top player.

"To get one who is in between that, a top player in the Premier League, is difficult. I don't want to take players other teams don't want."

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