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sparrow
12 May 24 08:56
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David Moyes got the send-off he deserved at London Stadium on Saturday.

A lovely warm day, a clear blue sky, a thrilling victory and a final goal from a home-grown youngster. It could not have gone much better.

As he made his way around the pitch, trailing his players on their annual end of season lap of appreciation, Moyes waved at fans, having signed autographs beforehand.

The warm and genuine acknowledgement at a job well done came back from the stands. The majority of a 60,000-plus crowd remained long after the final whistle.

They did not need to be told to pay Moyes due respect. Their growing irritation at negative results and performances was set aside in justifiable recognition at the superb job Moyes has done over the past four and a half years.

West Ham now are a different club to the one Moyes returned to in December 2019. They have had three European campaigns and, famously, won their first trophy in 43 years.

But even last summer, Moyes knew some fans wanted him to move on. That number has grown significantly over the second half of this season, during which time they have won four of 20 domestic matches.

It was similar last term, when they won five out of 20 domestic games, culminating in a four-goal hammering at Brighton.

This is not to downplay the job Moyes has done. This season alone, West Ham have beaten Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Two weeks ago, they drew with Liverpool. They are assured of a top-10 finish for the third time in four years.

But West Ham are a different club now. Their aspirations are greater.

"David Moyes has done a good job and when you see what has happened to Aston Villa, it shows hard hard winning a European trophy actually is," said Kent-based fan Philip Gambrill before the Luton game.
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Report themightymac May 12, 2024 2:47 PM BST
Nothing as pleasing as your employer and fans giving you a nice send off after months of shouting for you to be sacked. Hypocrisy.
Report tobermory May 12, 2024 2:51 PM BST
Moyes did a solid job, but people see what Villa are doing and figure WH could do that too but that is above Moyes' ceiling.
Report themightymac May 12, 2024 3:01 PM BST
All they need is an Arab to buy the club and they can win the league. It`s all about money. City a prime example. I`d rather go and watch a Scottish League 2 match than a Premier match. But I`m a traditionalist.
Report sparrow May 12, 2024 3:19 PM BST
tobermory 12 May 24 14:51 
Moyes did a solid job, but people see what Villa are doing and figure WH could do that too but that is above Moyes' ceiling.




Did those people see Villa being knocked out of the European Conference League?
Report The Dragon May 12, 2024 3:25 PM BST
i agree with mighty mac- apert from the scottish bitWink
Report themightymac May 12, 2024 3:42 PM BST
Dragon LaughLaugh

Worth a trip to see Forfar Athletic though. Best Bridies at HT in any stadium in the world. Wink
Report tobermory May 12, 2024 3:43 PM BST
They'd rather be in the Champions League than win the Conference Lg
Report sparrow May 12, 2024 3:56 PM BST
tobermory 12 May 24 15:43 
They'd rather be in the Champions League than win the Conference Lg






Yes I'm sure they would but being there and actually achieving something might be another matter.
Report sofaking May 12, 2024 4:21 PM BST
He walks off into the sunset after West Ham have reached their pinnacle as champions of Europe. Top man, proper clobber.
Report Emitdeb May 12, 2024 8:02 PM BST
So here we go with the Pellegrini 2 experiment... Champions League here we come (again).. 1.01 Ends in tears! Grin
Report The Dragon May 12, 2024 8:39 PM BST
whts a bridie mighty mac?
Report themightymac May 13, 2024 12:31 AM BST
Traditional Scottish pastry Dragon from 1800s. The most famous being the Forfar Bridie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOi57St2yLw
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