David Moyes insists that West Ham are on the “fast train to the top” ahead of the 1,000th match


West Ham manager David Moyes believes the club is on a “high-speed train to the top” after starting this season in the same excellent form they finished last season.

After 10 matches of the Premier League campaign 2021/22, Hammers has the same record as the reigning champions Manchester City. They currently occupy a Champions League place and are within a victory of second place with a three-point cushion before five.

For Moyes, who celebrates his 1,000th match as coach on Thursday night when his team meets Genk in the Europa League, he enjoys a better winning percentage in his second period in East London than he had during the decade-long period at Everton that made him.

West Ham have come a long way under his leadership in such a fast period. His first assignment when he took over halfway through 2019/20 was to avoid relegation. His first full season as manager gave him a sixth place, the club’s best since 1999.

Even with Europa League football now on the agenda, the standard has not slipped as one might have expected. The Hammers have found a perfect balance between domestic and European commitments and won each of their first three matches in the Europa League. They have also become the first team since 2016 to knock Manchester City out of the EFL Cup.

Moyes admits that fans may have been happy with this progress for six years, but the fact that it has happened in just two is quite remarkable and a testament to his leadership.

“If it had taken West Ham six years to get to this point [instead of two]”West Ham supporters would probably have accepted that,” the shots were released via BBC Sport.

– Now we must continue. Keep challenging, keep nagging at it. We are on the high-speed train to the top and I do not want to get off. ”

Moyes’ name was built on his success at Everton. In 11 full seasons, his team has only twice failed to finish outside the Premier League’s top eight, with five of those seasons in the top six.

Still, his reputation took a heavy toll when his time at Manchester United went bad and he was fired just 10 months into a six-year contract, after being hand-picked by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him and the weight of expectations that came. with the.

It did not go well for Moyes at Man Utd / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Difficult periods at Real Sociedad and Sunderland undoubtedly only did more damage, while his first game at West Ham ended shortly after he was not offered an extension of his short-term contract.

“Even with 1,000 games, you can not – just once – say ‘this is it, I’ve got the job now, this is me’ because the game comes back and takes you if you do not keep trying to improve and challenge yourself. ” Moyes explained and reflected on his career so far.

“You need people around you who do that too and we are really lucky to have Declan Rice, as a player who drives the team forward and makes West Ham noticeable again.

“West Ham is a good club for me and I am really grateful to the owners for taking me back. Sometimes it is very difficult to fight back but the owners have given me a chance and I will continue to strike a few blows.”

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