The dust is starting to settle from Slaven Bilic’s wheel spin out of Chadwell Heath, just as David Moyes flashed his headlights to let the Croatian out of the club’s training ground former player and coach Julian Dicks gave the new Hammers boss a two finger salute whilst Nikola Jurčević was lighting up a cigarette to calm the nerves of having to tell his missus of his unemployment.
Below is a picture of Bilic putting his thumb up to thank the Scot for letting him out of Chadwell Heath, Little Heath, Rush Green or one of the other 17 training grounds we have!
With that being said there is no going back, Moyes is in charge for the next six months at least so I will try my very best to be as positive as I can, starting with the Scot’s very smart suit and nice pin badge he is wearing.
I honestly believe this could be a match made in heaven for David and the board and even for David and the fans if he replicates half the success he managed at Everton. Moyes doesn’t come across as a manager that falls out with board members or demands excessive transfer wages so hopefully this will mean the board won’t have to be so vocal about things which doesn’t normally end going down too well with most supporters. With any luck David Moyes can run this club on a limited budget only bringing in players we need so the board can start clearing off the debt that the club have to pay back to them.
So what will David Moyes being to the London Stadium? I’ll try my best to digest his managerial career below.
Preston North End
David retired from professional football at Preston and immediately took charge of the club just missing out on promotion in his first season by losing out in the play offs. That didn’t get in the way of the Scot guiding The Lilywhites to winning the league title in his first full season in charge. David just missed out on a second successive promotion but ultimately lost out on promotion to what is now known the Premier League by missing out in the play offs again, losing in the final to Bolton Wanders.
In four years the Scot managed 113 wins, 58 draws, 63 loses and a 48.29 win ratio in 234 games in charge.
Losing out in that play off final didn’t stop David reaching the Premier League because by March 2002 the Scot took over at Everton. This would be his longest and arguably his most successful spell in his managerial career being in charge of the toffees for 11 years. During his long stint in charge of the blue part of Merseyside he managed 212 wins, 132 draws, 160 loses, a points per game ratio of 1.52 and a win ratio of 42.8 per cent.
David guided the Toffees to safety in his first season in charge at Goodison Road finishing 15th, during his next 11 seasons he took his team to 7th, 17th, 4th, 11th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 7th, 7th and 6th place before becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s chosen replacement at Old Trafford.
David spent just 295 days in charge of Manchester United managing 26 wins, 10 draws and 15 loses in his 51 games.
David’s spell in the red part of Manchester wasn’t seen as a success despite managing his best points per game ratio of 1.73 and win ratio of 52.94 per cent.
After his unsuccessful spell in Spain the Scot returned to the Premier League to take over at Manchester United reserves, actually it was Sunderland but you’d have probably mistaken them for Manchester United reserves on paper but not on the pitch.
Despite bringing in players he knew from his previous clubs it wasn’t enough to keep the Black Cats from avoiding relegation, in 38 Premier League games they managed just 8 wins and 7 draws with a points per game ratio of 0.72 and an 18 per cent win ratio, losing 23 Premier League games. I’ll be very kind to David and leave out the cup stats because the cup was hardly the club’s main priority!
500 – We will all be hoping David Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers and his 500th Premier League game as manager will end the same way that his first ever Premier League game finished, with a win!
499 – Across his three spells with Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland, Moyes has taken charge of 499 Premier League matches.
42 – Moyes’ shortest tenure as a manager in terms of matches was 42 games in all competitions at Real Sociedad. He reached 43 with Sunderland.
888 – Almost 20 years on from his very first match as a manager with Preston North End, Moyes has presided over 888 matches across all competitions. Of those 888, 378 (42.6 per cent) were wins.
52.9 – Although he was sacked before the end of the campaign, Moyes’ time in charge of United actually saw him record his best overall win percentage at any club (52.9%, 27 of 51).
9 – Moyes guided Everton to nine top-eight finishes in the Premier League during his 11 full seasons in charge at Goodison Park.
18.6 – Sunderland won just eight of their 43 matches with Moyes at the helm, just 18.6%, the Scot’s worst record in charge of a club.