Brutal. Just one way of summing up the reaction from both fans and pundits alike when it was announced that David Moyes was the new manager of West Ham United.
For many, it seems like a really bizarre appointment given the 54-year-old’s immense lack of success at his previous three clubs.
And like a lamb to the slaughter, David Moyes made his way up to a stage in front of the press on Wednesday afternoon, in what could have been a total bloodbath.
However, the Scotsman surprised a number of people with his eloquence, optimism and astuteness in his answers. Swatting back any loaded questions that were put to him by a baying crowd of journalists, Moyes stood strong and actually produced some perfectly balanced responses.
After over 48 hours of head scratching, foot stamping and understandable tears, West Ham fans were the first to speak of their admiration for how their new manager handled his first West Ham press conference. Perhaps its not all doom and gloom after all…
Excellent press conference from David Moyes – spoke really well and it’s clear that he wants to make a big success of the job, which can only be a good thing for us #WHUFC
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) November 8, 2017
Very refreshing interview from David Moyes there. Good to see and now my confidence has gone up.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) November 8, 2017
Wasn't a big fan of Moyes but liked what he's saying. Let's hope he can put words into action. Got to get behind the team anyway. COYI!
— Les Cornwell (@LestheHammer) November 8, 2017
Impressive from Moyes..Looks very motivated & has a point or two to prove..Backing him 100%…Hope he sorts us out #COYI
— ⚒Imran Khan ⚒ (@imran484_khan) November 8, 2017
Media went in hard on Moyes but he handled it well, looks motivated and has a clear vision in mind. Genuinely optimistic but is going to be a tough few months so lets get right behind him and the players for the rest of the season!
— ⚒ (@kaz7289) November 8, 2017
Fair play to Moyes, think he's come across really well in the press conference. Let's hope he makes a difference.
— Mike Bryant (@Mike_Bryant91) November 8, 2017