Moyes To Take Charge Of West Ham Despite Self-Isolation

West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by IAN WALTON / POOL / AFP) /

 

 

West Ham assistant boss Alan Irvine has confirmed David Moyes will still manage the team for Sunday’s game against Wolves even though he is self-isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Hammers boss, and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, had to leave the London Stadium on Tuesday after they received positive tests for Covid-19.

Irvine took charge of the League Cup tie against Hull and secured a 5-1 win but Moyes will be the man making the decisions this weekend.

“David will be the manager,” Irvine said on Friday. “Everything we do will be run through him first of all and he will make the decisions on everything.

“He would make the decisions anyway but, like for this press conference, I am the messenger.”

Irvine confirmed Moyes, Diop and Cullen remained asymptomatic and were all coping well.

“He is fine. I have spoken to him several times this morning and he is not feeling any symptoms,” he said of the West Ham manager. “Obviously a bit frustrating for him but he is getting on with other things.”

“They (Diop and Cullen) are both fine. Frustrated because they can’t come in, but that is the situation and they understand that.

“None of them are feeling anything, which maybe makes it more frustrating.”

West Ham Manager Moyes, Two Players Test Positive For COVID-19

In this file photo taken on June 23, 2020 West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes gestures during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP
In this file photo taken on June 23, 2020 West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes gestures during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

 

West Ham manager David Moyes and Hammers players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

West Ham’s medical team were informed of the test results while Moyes and his squad were at the London Stadium preparing for Tuesday’s League Cup third round tie against Hull.

“The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and returned home,” a West Ham statement said.

“All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols.”

Tuesday’s match went ahead as planned, with West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine taking charge of the team.

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It is the latest setback in a difficult start to the season for West Ham, who have lost their first two Premier League games against Newcastle and Arsenal.

Fans have protested against the club’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, while West Ham captain Mark Noble criticised the board’s decision to sell promising youngster Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion.

The three positive tests came just hours after Tottenham’s League Cup tie at Leyton Orient was postponed after several members of the fourth tier side testing positive for the virus.

Earlier on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said fans would not be allowed back into stadiums in October as originally planned due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

In a major blow to the financial future of English football, Johnson suggested the measures introduced on Tuesday would remain in place for “perhaps six months”, leaving teams facing the prospect of playing most of the season behind closed doors.

 

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West Ham Appoint David Moyes As Manager For Second Time

David Moyes, Southampton

 

David Moyes has been appointed as West Ham’s manager and will return for a second spell at the club.

The 55-year-old Scot has signed an 18-month deal and is expected to take charge of the New Year’s Day home game against Bournemouth at London Stadium.

His appointment follows Manuel Pellegrini’s sack after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Leicester.

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Moyes Leaves West Ham Amid Speculation

David Moyes

 

David Moyes has left West Ham following the end of his short-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old former Everton and Manchester United boss arrived at the London Stadium in November, with the sole objective of ensuring the Hammers’ top-flight status, which he achieved.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League,” said joint-chairman David Sullivan.

“When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future,” he added.

“Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.”

Sullivan said the club, who finished 13th in the Premier League, aim to appoint a “high-calibre” successor within the next 10 days.

The announcement on Moyes came barely 12 hours after David Gold, West Ham’s co-owner, said he hoped Moyes would remain in charge for next season.

Reports this week said West Ham had held “productive” talks with Paulo Fonseca, the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk, while Sullivan remains a long-term admirer of Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez.

Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, currently with Hebei China Fortune, and outgoing Paris St-Germain coach Unai Emery have also been linked with the role.

Moyes succeeded Slaven Bilic in November when West Ham were in the relegation zone and guided the team to safety.

Speaking after West Ham’s recent draw against Manchester United, he said staying in the Premier League was a “big achievement”.

“We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in, and we have done that,” he said. “This is a big club and there are big expectations from the supporters so they will need to improve.”

Moyes managed Everton for 11 years from 2002 before leaving the club to replace Alex Ferguson at United but was dismissed after just 10 months in charge. He also had a disappointing stint in Spain with Real Sociedad.

West Ham’s statement came just hours after Everton announced the sacking of Sam Allardyce.

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Moyes Relief As West Ham Make Peace With Fans

FILE COPY West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes (C)       Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

David Moyes admitted he was relieved peace finally broke out at the London Stadium as West Ham got their frustrated fans back on side with a vital 3-0 win against Southampton on Saturday.

Moyes’ side moved five points clear of the relegation zone thanks to Joao Mario’s opener and two goals from Marko Arnautovic.

After West Ham’s recent home defeat by Burnley was overshadowed by pitch invasions, missile-throwing and protests in front of the directors’ box, there were real fears of more unsavoury scenes.

Fans staged a protest march against co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan before kick-off, but a truce was called inside, mostly due to West Ham’s improved performance.

“The players showed how they felt about past events, they were pent up and ready to go,” Moyes said.

“I thought before kick-off the supporters showed they are with the club and with the team, and then the players showed what they were going to do. They really kicked on.

“It was a really big game for us if we’d lost we could have slipped further down.

“We won’t get carried away, but we’ve not dropped into the bottom three. There are some big games to come and if the stadium stays like it was today it gives us a great chance.”

Despite the ill-feeling towards Sullivan and Gold, both were in attendance, although they took seats further back than usual in a directors’ box protected by extra security.

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Moyes Makes Losing Start As Watford Sink Hammers

West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes (C) watches the action from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford. Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP

David Moyes suffered a miserable start to his West Ham United reign as Watford eased to a 2-0 win over the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.

Moyes was in charge of West Ham for the first time following his appointment as replacement for the sacked Slaven Bilic.

But the former Manchester United boss was unable to spark an immediate upturn in his new club’s fortunes.

Will Hughes put Watford ahead in the first half at Vicarage Road and Richarlison’s strike after the interval extended West Ham’s winless league run to five games.

The Hammers remain third bottom of the table, one point from safety, after Moyes got a first-hand look at the problems which cost Bilic his job.

Desperate to rehabilitate his reputation after overseeing Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League last season, Moyes has accepted a short-term contract with West Ham.

His failures at Sunderland, Manchester United and Real Sociedad have tarnished the fine work he did at Everton and the Scot can ill-afford another flop on his CV.

On the evidence of West Ham’s lacklustre showing on his debut, Moyes has much work to do to lead his side — who have lost three of their last five games — away from the relegation zone.

After three successive defeats, Watford’s comfortable victory showed why Everton have been trying to lure Hornets boss Marco Silva to Goodison Park.

Watford have so far rebuffed Everton’s interest in former Hull City manager Silva, who has only been in charge since the close season.

He has already made a big impact in that time and Watford were quick to take the game to the wounded Hammers.

Hughes opened the scoring in the 11th minute, the midfielder slotting home from Andre Gray’s scuffed shot after West Ham’s defence were prised open far too easily.

Watford threatened a second goal when Gray linked up with Richarlison on the edge of the area.

The Brazilian’s low shot was pushed away by Joe Hart, with Kiko Femenia dragging the rebound wide.

Cheikhou Kouyate had a chance to equalise, but the West Ham midfielder’s drive was repelled by Heurelho Gomes.

Gomes did even better moments later as the Watford keeper kept out Marko Arnautovic’s effort and then blocked his attempt from the rebound.

When Kouyate blazed over early in the second half, Moyes turned away in disgust.

Moyes was shaking his head in frustration again in the 64th minute.

Hughes got away with a handball, triggering the move that ended with Richarlison dancing past Winston Reid and firing in a low shot that beat Hart’s weak attempt to save.

Rubbing salt into Moyes’ wounds, Arnautovic was forced off after landing awkwardly on his arm in the closing stages.

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Five Things You Should Know About New West Ham Boss, David Moyes

David Moyes. Photo: whufc.

David Moyes was appointed manager of Premier League strugglers West Ham on Tuesday following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.

AFP highlights five things about the former Everton and Manchester United boss.

Everton reign

Moyes is third on the list of the longest Premier League managerial reigns behind only Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson. Moyes joined the Merseyside club from Preston in 2002 and his 11 years at the club made him the longest-serving manager there since Harry Catterick in the 1960s and 70s. He failed to win any silverware but the club consistently punched above its weight despite financial limitations.

The ‘Chosen One’

Moyes was handed the daunting task of replacing Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2013 after two decades of trophy-laden success but his reign quickly soured. Moyes took charge of a group of players who had won the 2012-13 Premier League title by 11 points but he was sacked just 10 months into a six-year contract and the club limped to a seventh-place finish in the league.

The Rooney factor

Moyes launched Wayne Rooney on his path to becoming England’s all-time record goalscorer, giving him his debut at Everton in 2002 at the age of just 16. Moyes sold the teenager to Manchester United two years later and they later fell out when the striker was sued by Moyes for allegations in an autobiography. They settled out of court and Rooney subsequently apologised.

Managerial woes

Moyes built up a formidable reputation during his long spell in charge of Everton but he looked a haunted man towards the end of his short tenure at Old Trafford. Since then his reputation has taken further hits with a short and unsuccessful spell in Spain with Real Sociedad and then and an ill-starred stint with Sunderland, who were relegated last season on his watch.

Keeping the faith

Moyes is a committed Christian but his beliefs once caused friction back in his playing days, at Cambridge United. “The three of them (Moyes and two team-mates) sat in the changing room with a little black book, discussing their faith, when they should have been getting psyched up for a relegation scrap,” recalled a far from impressed former team-mate, Roy McDonough.

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West Ham Appoint David Moyes As New Manager

 

New West Ham manager David Moyes. Photo: whufc

West Ham have appointed former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as their new manager, the struggling Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

“We believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club,” joint chairman David Sullivan said.

The Hammers sacked manager Slaven Bilic on Monday after a poor run of results that have left the east London side languishing in the relegation zone.

Sullivan believes Moyes, 54, is the perfect choice to steer the club to safety.

“We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club.

“He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.”

Moyes has been out of management since he resigned from Sunderland at the end of last season, having failed to save them from relegation.

Despite that, and an underwhelming stint in Spain with Real Sociedad, Sullivan and his co-chairman David Gold are backing him to help shore up a leaky defence as well as getting the best out of big-money summer signings Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.

Bilic was let go following a chastening 4-1 loss to Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday that leaves them 18th in the table and facing a fight for Premier League survival.

Bilic, who also played for West Ham, is the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season following the departures of Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare and Everton’s Ronald Koeman.

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Moyes To Remain At Sunderland Despite Relegation

David Moyes, SouthamptonSunderland Manager David Moyes has expressed his determination to stay at the Stadium of Light next season, despite the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The 54-year-old said he knows what the Black Cats need to do, in order to get back to the Premier League.

“I know what needs to be done to get back in the Premier League, we need to make sure we get a good bit of momentum heading into next season by winning a few games.

“Our performances have been good in recent weeks but the results haven’t matched that. I will know more come the end of the season.

“Once we see exactly what we are able to deal with, what we can work with, then we will know exactly what we can do,” the former Everton and Manchester United manager told BBC.

Moyes Charged By FA Over Comments Made To Female Reporter

David Moyes, SouthamptonSunderland Manager, David Moyes, has been charged by the England’s Football Association (FA) over the comments he made to a female reporter in March.

The charge relates to comments Moyes made to Vicki Sparks, a reporter from the BBC, after Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.

It is alleged that Moyes’ remarks about slapping the reporter were improper, threatening and brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA rule E3(1).

Moyes, the former Manchester United manager, has until Wednesday next week to respond to the charge.

Sunderland Confirm Anichebe Out For Ten Weeks With Knee Injury

sunderlandNigerian forward, Victor Anichebe, has been ruled out of action for three months after sustaining a knee injury in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Anichebe, who just returned from a hamstring injury, was brought on as a second half substitute but later went down clutching his right knee.

Sunderland manager, David Moyes, confirmed that the 28-year-old will be out until April.

Anichebe’s latest injury will be a big blow to the Black Cats who already have Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Paddy Mcnair, Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore all out with long-term injuries.

Arsenal Crush Sunderland 4-1 In League Match

Sunderland, ArsenalArsenal defeated Sunderland 4-1 in an English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s side displayed another brilliant performance on the road with fit-again Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez staring.

Alexis Sanchez set the pace for goal scoring as he utilised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s assist in the 19th minute.

The Gunners maintained the lead till the end of the first half and some minutes after the second half before Jermain Defoe levelled the scores for David Moyes’ side from the penalty spot.

Oliver Giroud subsequently set Arsenal on the lead once more and later added another within six minutes.

In a space of two minutes, Sanchez netted his second goal to secure the victory for the North Londoners.

Arsenal went on top of league table but returned to second place after Manchester City delivered a similar result, by ruthlessly trashing West Brom 4-0 away.

The trio of Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool have with 23 points from 10 matches but City are ahead on superior goal difference with Liverpool in third place.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are last on the table with two points from 10 games.