David Moyes has revealed the ‘foundations’ he has put in place to help turn things around since becoming West Ham United manager for a second time.
The 57-year-old began his second stint in charge of the Hammers in December 2019. His first spell lasted from November 2017 until May 2018, with just nine wins from 31 games in charge.
It has been a very different story this time around. From finishing 16th in 2019-2020, the Scot has guided West Ham to fifth in the standings with 10 games to go.
Champions League football is a real possibility and they face a battle with Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham. Regardless of whether the East End outfit finish in the top four, it has been a remarkable turnaround.
Moyes has been speaking about the methods used and confessed the first thing was to get a more “energetic” team.
“So, my first foundation to lay was to have a team which was going to be competitive,” he told the club’s official website.
“What I didn’t want was a team that was going to get rolled over and we couldn’t keep off, players were going to come off injured after 60 minutes or we had a training ground full of injured players all the time, so we had to change that.
“I see that as being the first of the foundations going in, and you’ll never get any growth unless you’ve got good foundations.”
Moyes outlines second phase
The Hammers have won 14 and drawn six of their top-flight games this term. Most of the defeats have come against the bigger teams and they have taken care of those in the bottom half.
Moyes believes that he is now overseeing the next stage of the club’s development. And the former Manchester United chief is looking at lowering the average age of the squad in the long-term.
“Now is the stage where we have to see if we can get another row of bricks on top of those foundations and we’ve tried to do that a little bit,” he added. “We decided to bring in Jesse Lingard on loan, which has given us a little bit of another building point.
“The next part of the foundations is to be able to buy players who can keep us at a consistent level; players who are going to play; players who are young and are going to be good for the future; not players who are going to be good just for the next six months or the next year.”