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David Moyes grateful for power and patience afforded by West Ham

Jacob Steinberg
·2-min read

David Moyes has praised West Ham’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, for giving him control over the club’s strategy and is confident of succeeding if he is afforded time.

West Ham have lacked a coherent recruitment strategy in the past but Moyes feels Gold and Sullivan respect his view on potential signings. The manager is enjoying his second spell at the London Stadium and with his contract expiring at the end of the season he expects to hold talks over a new deal in due course.

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“The Davids have given me as much control as I would possibly want,” Moyes said. “Obviously, I don’t sign the cheque to pay for it, but all I can do is recommend and say what I think we should bring in, what I think would give us a chance, and they have been very good.

“We tried for several players in the [previous transfer] window and we didn’t quite get one or two centre-halves we were after, but in truth we have tried really hard to improve. There is nobody who can get everything right all the time. But I think we are trying to do it with a little bit more design.”

West Ham, who are likely to be without Michail Antonio for at least a month after the striker suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s draw with Manchester City, are unbeaten in four matches before visiting Liverpool on Saturday. Their improvement owes much to fine work from Moyes, who is rebuilding his reputation after difficult spells at Manchester United and Sunderland.

“I always believed that, given the right opportunity and right club, I could do a really good job,” the former Everton manager said. “It is a difficult thing to ask for time. Quite often when it has looked as though it has been tough I have not been given time. I will go back to my Everton days where the first year we did well, the second year not so well, the third done well, the fourth not quite so well. But by that time we had stability.”