Following their 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City on Saturday – their ninth loss in the past 12 games, West Ham decided to part ways with Manuel Pellegrini , with the latest defeat leaving them 17th, just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.
Just 24 hours later, after being linked with the likes of Chris Hughton, Rafa Benitez, Eddie Howe and Maurichio Pochettino, it had been announced that Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold had appointed David Moyes had been appointed as West Ham manager, 18 months after deciding not to renew his contract after the former Everton and Manchester United saved West Ham from relegation during the 2017/18 season
Since his appointment, Moyes has said he has ‘unfinished business’ at the club, while also hinting that there are transfer funds available to him as he looks to reinforce his squad in January.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s key clash against relegation rivals Bournemouth, currently one point ahead of West Ham in 16th position, at the London Stadium on New Year’s day, the Scot says he feels he has unfinished business.
“I certainly do feel I have unfinished business,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “I really enjoyed it here last time, I felt by the end we had gone on a positive direction with the players. I’d have liked to have developed that but it didn’t quite happen. It was great to come in through the doors again.”
When asked about his January plans, Moyes revealed that there are funds available, but says his priority is getting the best from his players within his current squad.
“I think there is money there to spend. I am more interested in the players at the club at the moment, see how we can mould them into the best possible team and formation. We have to get results.
The Scotsman was then asked if he feels the squad now is stronger than the one he left behind, having added Issa Diop, Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller among a number of high-profile signings under Pellegrini.
Calling on the big names to deliver, Moyes acknowledged that they would need to get off to a fast start to turn their fortunes around, but with an 18 month deal this time around, he also has one eye on the future.
“I believe so [the squad is stronger now],” he said. “They have spent well on players. If we’re being truthful, we need those players to stand up. They will have a massive impact on the support and they need to stand up in the coming weeks, “ said Moyes. “We had to get a quick turnaround last time to get results, we have to do that again but I do know I now have a longer project.”