Alex Keble takes a look at David Moyes' in-tray at West ham mê and picks out five things the new Hammers boss needs to do to save their season- According lớn the page!
Is any Premier League club run as badly as West đam mê United? It has only been 18 months since a mutinous crowd surrounded the executive seats at the London Stadium as the team fell to a 3-0 defeat to Burnley, and yet the man in the dugout that day has just been reappointed.
David Moyes was by no means lớn blame for the problems he inherited in the 2017/18 season, but lớn return to the Scot is an astonishing climb down from the supposedly ambitious appointment of Manuel Pellegrini. In the summer of 2018, Moyes was not considered good enough to lead West mê say forward. What has changed? You can prefer to the page!
Pellegrini was still popular in the dressing room but had overseen 10 defeats in the last 14 matches to plunge West ham into a relegation battle. However, the club are only six points off 10th, such is the compression of the Premier League's middle class these days; like Sam Allardyce's fateful spell at Everton, West say mê are guilty of panicking too soon.
Moyes won 33 points in 27 league games last time round. Pellegrini won 32 points in his final 27 league games, and most of those defeats can be pinned on Roberto's dreadful goalkeeping. Lucas Fabianksi returned from injury for Pellegrini's final game in charge. Sacking the manager was not necessary.
Here are five things Moyes must do to improve West ham mê - and get the fans off his back:
Improve defence with greater attention lớn detail
Moyes is widely regarded as a defensive coach, and certainly he is a manager who likes to play the percentages; a risk-averse style built on a sturdy foundation and maximising players' abilities with detailed instructions on a select few attributes. That is just what West say mê need following Pellegrini's laid-back managerial approach.
An article in the The Athletic this week reveals Pellegrini frustrated his players by failing lớn give them individual video coaching and often ignored the statistical analysis he was presented with. Moyes is the exact opposite, famous at Everton for filling every inch of wall in his office with minute instructions and statistical breakdowns. That could lead lớn an upturn in results in the short term, although first he needs to refocus the wider tactical plan.
Revive Pellegrini's tactical blueprint
After losing his first four games in charge, Pellegrini found his feet at West ham mê by introducing a deep-lying counter-attacking system that focused on a hunched defence and quick breaks down both flanks. This philosophy has waned this season, but the foundation will still be imprinted in the players' minds. All Moyes needs lớn do is reinforce it.
More detailed coaching should do it, and certainly West mê say have the right players for the system. Individual errors have led lớn easy concession of goals this season but if Moyes can sit them deeper again, focusing minds, their back four ought to significantly improve. After all, Aaron Creswell, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, and Ryan Fredericks are decent players.