Thursday 19 July 2018

I'll make players cry - Moyes

In this job, I'm having to go back to the David Moyes at Preston where the players were crying at their work, or even Everton in the early days as well. Photo: PA
In this job, I'm having to go back to the David Moyes at Preston where the players were crying at their work, or even Everton in the early days as well. Photo: PA

Mark Critchley

New West Ham boss David Moyes warned his players that he may need to leave some of them in tears in order to steer the club away from the relegation zone.

Moyes, appointed as Slaven Bilic's replacement at the London Stadium, revealed that he plans to employ a far more aggressive approach than he did in his most recent managerial jobs.

Bilic's training methods came under scrutiny during the final weeks of his reign after it was reported that several members of West Ham's first-team squad felt their pre-season programme had not left them fit enough.

Moyes, however, is determined to push the players hard on the training ground, even if he risks upsetting some with his methods.

"I want to be more aggressive again," the Scot said.

"In my youth I was a bit, 'this is how it is, take it or leave it.' As you get older you mellow in different ways. In this job, I'm having to go back to the David Moyes at Preston where the players were crying at their work, or even Everton in the early days as well.

"If the players are thinking the work's not hard enough or we've not done enough, I hope they don't cry now when we turn around and work them harder, or say, 'this is too much.' Somewhere along the line, responsibility has to be taken by the players.

"I'd never say the players weren't fit because it's a terrible thing for a new manager to say," he said on Bilic's methods.

"I'm 100 per cent not saying that at all, but it's been brought to my attention that they could be doing a bit more so we'll try and implement it and see how it works." (© Independent News Service)

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