‘I’m going to give you a team to be proud of, something that is not going to be flaky: West Ham boss David Moyes vows to deliver fans consistency they crave from Hammers
- David Moyes has pledged to give West Ham fans a team they are proud of again
- He wants the supporters to recognise that their side is full of commitment
- But pre-season has not been smooth and they lost 5-2 against Bournemouth
- There is also player unrest at the £20million sale of Grady Diangana
David Moyes has issued a rallying cry to West Ham fans ahead of the new season, pledging to give them a team they can be proud of.
The Hammers boss is seeking much needed consistency and wants players hungry to fight for the shirt.
He told the Times: ‘What I’d like is to build. To say to supporters, ‘I’m going to give you a team to be proud of. Something that is not going to be flaky. Something with consistency.
David Moyes has signalled his intent and wants consistency from his West Ham side
‘The ends [seating areas] have been brought in closer to the pitch at the stadium and I want fans to come back thinking, ‘We’ve got a team with exciting young talent that every week will give us total commitment.
‘The model has to change. I want a club that’s looking longer into the future. I don’t want players who turn up at West Ham thinking, ‘I’m going to put some money in my pocket and have a couple of nice years in London.’
‘I want players arriving like Soucek did [from Slavia Prague]: hungry to take the next step.’
Despite the Moyes’ declaration of intent, the season is fast approaching and preparation has not been as smooth as it could have been.
West Ham suffered an embarrassing defeat on Saturday as their pre-season came to an end against relegated Bournemouth at the London Stadium.
The Hammers lost 3-5 to the Cherries, who ran rampant in London as they prepare for life in the Championship this season.
The defeat has added insult to injury after the club’s players shared their anger over the sale of £20million winger Grady Diangana to West Brom on Friday night.
In response to Diangana’s move to their Premier League rivals, West Ham captain Mark Noble tweeted: ‘As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!!!!!’
Declan Rice ‘liked’ Noble’s tweet in a show of support from the Chelsea target, whilst Jack Wilshere had a sly dig at the club hierachy for the decision.
Mark Noble has tweeted about his anger over West Ham selling Grady Diangana to West Brom
On a post that the 22-year-old posted thanking West Ham for his time with the club, the former Arsenal man did not hold back as he commented: ‘Go and do your thing in a club that respects you. Big player with a big future.’
The winger played a huge part in Slaven Bilic’s Baggies side last season that earned automatic promotion back to the topflight.
He made 31 appearances for West Brom last season, scoring eight goals and setting up six more.
Ultimately, Diangana opted to rejoin the former Hammers boss at the Hawthorns in another disappointing transfer blow for the London club.
The club provided a statement in which they explained their reasons for selling Diangana, who many of the fans believed to be among their most talented attackers.
West Ham team-mate Declan Rice ‘liked’ Noble’s tweet in a show of support for his captain
The club said: ‘Having found himself in competition with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass and Andriy Yarmolenko for a wide attacking position, with Jarrod Bowen added to that list in January this year.
‘The decision to sell Grady has been made reluctantly but – ultimately – in the best interests of the Club and with the aim to strengthen the squad in different areas at this time.
‘The money received for Grady will be reinvested entirely in the team, in line with the manager’s targets.
‘We believe that this will give us the best possible chance of ensuring we have a balanced squad to compete in the Premier League and capable of reaching our objectives and ambitions this season.’
The winger had five years left on his deal at the London Stadium before leaving for the Midlands.
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