5 concerns Moyes needs to fix
David Moyes was appointed as West Ham United boss for 6 months deal on Tuesday following Slaven Bilic’s axing, but is he the right man for the job?
The former Manchester United and Everton manager is now the sixth manager since the arrival of David Sullivan and David Gold in 2010. Moyes, who stepped down from Sunderland’s managerial post after seeing the club relegated, inherits a team lying in the Premier League’s bottom three with only Crystal Palace suffering a worse goal difference. From managing Man United to coaching disastrous Sunderland team, and having lengthy spells at Preston and Everton, he brings plenty of experience to the job.
West Ham United co-owner Gold said Moyes is 'the best man available' at this time following his appointment and it is believed he will bring a fresh pair of eyes to the situation. But what are the key issues he needs to try and fix?
5. Find the next Payet
Since Dimitri Payet departed, the Hammers are yet to find a great individual player to help them move forward. Manuel Lanzini is West Ham's most gifted player at the moment but has lacked the personality to take games by the scruff of the net. So as Moyes goes about getting the team organised, he'll have to keep his eye out for a creative talent he thinks might fit in east London.
4. Who is the main man, Chicha or Carroll
Team rotation, balance and starters have been another key issue not only at West Ham United but some managers find it hard to get a starting XI especially where players are extra in the same position. Moyes has two strikers at the club who have a track record of scoring goals in the Premier League. As the new boss, he needs to decide the main striker who will be more effective in front of goal, is it Javier Hernandez or Andy Carroll?
3. Win the fans over
In any club, as a manager, you have to ensure club supporters ain’t divided at any point. This should be Moyes’ key thing to address. Fans could make you lose your job, leave alone giving frustrations during matches. Hammers fans have spent this season boing Slaven Bilic, using social media to criticise the owners of the board and generally being very unhappy. Moyes was loved by Evertonians for coining the phrase 'People's Club' when he first arrived at Goodison Park and he'll need a similar reaction at West Ham.
2. Streamline the transfer policy
Every West Ham manager has found it a tough gig with so many big voices in and around the club. Sullivan, Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady all have strong opinions and the profile to make them public. Director of football Tony Henry is a big influence, and the hierarchy is more sensitive to the views of fans than what happens at most clubs.
The upshot has been a mish-mash of a transfer policy with some players picked by the manager, some by the board, some by Henry. Instead of getting a well-balanced squad, it has become a dressing-room of different cliques.
1. Sort out the defence
When West Ham loses, they often get hammered, if you pardon the pun. They have the worst defensive record in the Premier League with 23 goals conceded in 11 games, shipping four goals to Liverpool and Manchester United, three to Southampton, Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton.
Moyes should get a solution to Hammers’ defence, an area where Bilic failed.
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