David Moyes showed defiance in his comments during an interview with BT Sport, following West Ham United’s 4-0 win against AFC Bournemouth.
However, the match at London Stadium was his first opportunity to get Hammers fans on his side and the team ensured that was the case for him as they ran riot against the Cherries.
One game is not going to make him the king of East London and have fans calling for a lifetime contract, but he has made a really strong start and impacted immediately.
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When asked about how important it is to have fans on his side, Moyes replied: “Of course it’s important because you need the support behind the team and the manager, but I think I’ve always probably had to go and prove myself. Down the years, I think I’ve done the best I can to do that.
“I’m going to make a real good go of this. I think that my time here before was worthy of staying, I’m going to make sure that my time here gives them no choice.”
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Having made one or two questionable comments that were part of his unveiling as Hammers manager, Moyes came across well this time around.
There was a clear sign of the intrinsic belief that he has in his own ability to get West Ham up the table, while also referencing his previous time at London Stadium – although it is a lot easier for him to say something along these lines when his team has just given out a thrashing.
But with the reporter even outlining it to him, Moyes will be fully aware that many Hammers fans didn’t want him as their manager and still don’t.
There was unmissable defiance in his voice when he said the above statement. So while there will still be plenty of questions to be answered regarding whether he is the right man for the job, the determination he’s showing early doors is certainly admirable.
If he keeps that up and it filters through to the players, he could quickly win doubters over.
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