DAVID MOYES would love to spend 11 years at West Ham — just like he did at Everton. And ahead of his latest return to Goodison Park on Wednesday, the Hammers boss reckons he is facing a similar job to the one he took on when he took over the Toffees in 2002.
He believes adopting some of the principles from those early days may be the best way to secure a long-term future at the London Stadium. And that means getting more out of a squad that is underperforming, rather than chucking wads of cash at bringing in fresh blood in January.
Moyes said: “If I can get good stability and strength, then it could easily be 11 years. West Ham has unbelievable potential to be up there. They’ve got the infrastructure now. “My job is to come here and win games and make sure we stay up. I’m here on a short-term contract. If you asked me what was I thinking about January just now, I genuinely am focused on trying to make this group of players better.”
“When I went into the job at Everton, there wasn’t bundles of cash, it was the same — how are you going to make them better, what is the best way to make them win, how can you get the results?
“We had to keep working with the players and actually I feel that the big thing for me to do is work with the players at West Ham.
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“I will not bother too much about who’s not at the club and really think about the players who are here and mould them into a team which can get enough results to move up the league. “If we’re in the same position in the league, I have no doubt the owners would support any right deals.”
The trip to Everton presents West Ham with a good opportunity to start climbing the table. The Toffees were abysmal in losing 4-1 at Southampton on Sunday and the Hammers will hope to get a similar confidence boost by playing them. Moyes added: “You never can tell. I know the players there and they’ll be hurting. They’ll be wanting to get back to the standards they’ve set.”
If Moyes can get back to the standards of his Everton days, after setbacks at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, he should be able to save West Ham from relegation — and save them a load of money into the bargain. Arthur Masuaku is ready to roll back the years for West Ham. The French left-back, 24, impressed in a new position as a winger in the 1-1 draw with Leicester. He said: “I enjoyed playing an attacking role.
“When I was younger I played in that position so It’s not new for me. “My ambition is to play every game. I’ve been involved in the last two, I want to keep going, keep working hard in training and be 100 per cent match fit. “The new manager has changed some things – he’s more involved at training and if we make a mistake he will stop and explain what happened. With time we will improve a lot under him.”