West Ham boss David Moyes is surely a shoo-in for the manager of the year award with the job he’s done in East London this season.
With just eight games remaining of the Premier League season, the gaffer’s led us to fourth in the table. Victory over Wolves on Monday meant we leapfrogged Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, and now sit in pole position for the last Champions League spot.
We’re completely unrecognisable compared to last season, and all the praise has to go to the boss. Not a single Hammers fan would have predicted this after losing our opening game of the campaign at home to Newcastle.
The boss won over a lot of fans when he steered us to safety in the 2018-19 Premier League season, but was still let go when the league was done. In came Manuel Pellegrini, but that’s a story for another day.
Despite being overlooked 18 months prior, Moyes took charge of the club for a second time in December 2019. Everything he’s done since has been fantastic.
The boss has been shrewd in the transfer market. He’s managed to shift all the dead weight from the club and bring in some young and hungry talent. We now have a perfect blend in the side. Arguably, we’re another striker away from our strongest ever Premier League squad.
Moyes has demonstrated his tactical genius this year also. We’ve frequently switched between a 5-3-2 and 4-2-3-1 formation, picking up crucial results however we play. He’s turned the London Stadium into a fortress, we’ve lost just three times at home this season.
Away from home, we’ve also been outstanding. The 1-0 win at Goodison Park and 3-0 result at away to Leicester particularly stand out – we’ve also won at Leeds, Villa and now Wolves. These are the kind of games we’d fail to take any points from in years prior.
Moyes has always been a fantastic manager, but this season he’s reminded a lot of people what he’s capable of. Spells with Manchester United, Sunderland and Real Sociedad tarnished his reputation – he’s proving several doubters wrong this year, us included.
In all honesty, it was a bit underwhelming when he came in after Pellegrini again. But boy, were we wrong. Moyes has been the best manager we’ve had at the club since Sam Allardyce in the Championship.
As far as the manager of the year award goes, surely, there is no one else? Pep Guardiola has got City playing world-class football again, but when you have the millions he does to spend, it’s expected of them.
Arguments can be made for Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, and at a stretch, Brendan Rogers with Leicester. But if the Hammers do hold out and finish in the top six, having narrowly avoided the drop last year, Moyes has to take the prize.
In other West Ham news, here are three things we learned about the Hammers in the win at Molineux.