Wednesday 18 September 2019

Marco Silva and David Moyes focus

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David Moyes took charge of West Ham for the first time when they travelled to Watford on Sunday.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss replaced Slaven Bilic last week after the Hammers slumped into the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Watford manager Marco Silva is a target for Everton, although the Hornets are determined to keep him.

Here, Press Association Sport focuses on two bosses in the spotlight as Watford ran out 2-0 winners.


Silva refused to offer Watford assurances over his future in the build-up to the match, and made no mention of the speculation in his programme notes. It is easy to understand why his head may have been turned, though, due to Watford's habit of dispensing with their managers after just one season.

Moyes, himself only contracted until the end of the season, has been putting the under-performing West Ham players through gruelling double training sessions all week. Damning statistics had shown that, under Bilic, they were bottom of the class when it came to sprints and distance covered.


With Hornets captain Troy Deeney still suspended Silva gave Andre Gray the nod in attack. Marvin Zeegelaar was handed a debut on the right of midfield and Will Hughes made his second Premier League start.

Moyes sprung a surprise by naming record signing Marko Arnautovic, who has been such a disappointment this season, in his line-up having warned the Austrian to start pulling his weight. Javier Hernandez missed out with a hamstring injury and Andre Ayew was ill so Andy Carroll started in attack.

Fan reaction

As Silva stepped off the coach a young boy yelled: "Don't go to Everton, Marco!". But there was hardly an outpouring of emotion from the home fans, who instead unfurled a huge banner of owner Gino Pozzo.

Despite an initial backlash to his appointment on social media Moyes got a decent reception from West Ham's travelling contingent. However, they were not so lenient with the club's hierarchy with frequent chants of 'sack the board' from the away end.


It was Moyes' 500th Premier League game as a manager but sadly one to forget. A fortnight on the training ground is clearly not long enough to knock this West Ham squad into shape.

Silva will be relieved to have brought Watford's three-game losing spell to an end. Although had he lost this one, and maybe a couple more, given Watford's history for firing managers Everton would probably not have to pay compensation for him.

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