Frank McAvennie in disbelief at snub of West Ham United boss David Moyes
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Frank McAvennie is baffled by the decision to snub West Ham boss for a manager of the year nomination, considering who received one.
The Hammers boss has the club in with a shout of qualifying for the Europa League for the second successive season on the final day, and took them to the semi-final of that competition this year, all with one of the smaller squads in the league.
Newcastle’s Eddie Howe and Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira have both got nods, and while former Iron McAvennie acknowledges the work they have done he can’t believe that they were both preferred to Moyes.
“I think he’s done a wonderful job but that’s biased,” he told West Ham Zone.
“He’s done a wonderful job with a small squad, that’s the biggest thing.
“Look who’s involved in manager of the year. Eddie Howe, from January!? He’s done a wonderful job as well, he’s done a great job.
“Patrick Vieira, he’ll not win it after beating a guy up [at Everton].
“In that company David Moyes should have been mentioned.
“No disrespect to them but Eddie Howe and Patrick Vieira, I think David deserved to mention in the same breath as them.
“Vieira’s done a good job, he’s turned them round, he’s got them playing attractive football, I get that.
“But David’s turned the club round, and got them believing in themselves, and getting into Europe and into a semi-final.
“I don’t get why he never got included in that [award nominations].”
The top two’s Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp were a given to be in the running, but Howe especially seems to be getting an overload of credit considering the amount of money he spent in January.
Moyes of course didn’t spend anything in the winter window, despite the squad apparently crying out for it.
And while it is a Premier League award and doesn’t take into account the European achievements, that the Scot managed to juggle domestic and continental commitments so well with such a thin playing staff means he should feel very unlucky to miss out.
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