David Moyes interview: ‘West Ham success shows maybe my best is still to come’

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West Ham manager David Moyes believes he can return to the position of being considered for the biggest jobs in football but insists he is committed to Hammers.

Moyes was named as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United in 2013 following 11 years of consistent top-eight finishes with Everton but his stock has fallen since he was sacked after just 10 months at Old Trafford.

Following stints with Real Sociedad and Sunderland, Moyes is rebuilding his reputation in his second spell at West Ham, who are three points from a Champions League place ahead of Monday’s visit to Burnley.

The Scot’s contract runs out at the end of this season but he is poised to be offered a new long-term deal in the summer, having indicated that he did not want any talks to distract from West Ham’s season.

Moyes says he is happy at West Ham and believes his best years as a manager may still be ahead of him.

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“I’ve always thought this but maybe my best time is still to come. Why should I be old?” Moyes, 58, told Standard Sport after being named manager of the year at the London Football Awards on Tuesday.

“Maybe I’ve only just come through my apprenticeship. Maybe the jobs I’ve had have just been my apprenticeships and this is me getting to an age and experience where I can give my best. That’s the way I’m looking at it.

“Personally, I’m saying to myself, ‘This is the time you get success, you win and get around the top of the League again’. I’m trying to look at it from that perspective.

“I see this as a chance to work my way back. At West Ham, with that potential, I think my job is to work my way back to a level where big clubs might consider me.

“Not that I’m interested in leaving, I’m happy. But I wouldn’t have got that [opportunity at United] if I hadn’t done my work at Everton, being consistent and regularly challenging and pushing the top teams.

“If I can do that at West Ham, I’ll see it as success for West Ham and for myself. I’d love to somewhere a lot the way be someone who wins trophies.”

There is a perception that West Ham’s challenge for a Champions League place has been aided by the absence of supporters from the London Stadium, where the atmosphere has often been tetchy since the club relocated from Upton Park in 2016.

And Moyes has called on supporters to give his high-flying side help and "real support" when they return this month.

Every Premier League club is set to welcome back fans for their final home game of the season in line with the government's roadmap out of lockdown, and the Hammers should have a crowd of 10,000 against Southampton on May 23, which could be decisive in their push for a top-four finish.

"I don’t see any truth in [the suggestion that the absence of fans has been beneficial] but we’ll find out because we can’t wait to get them back," Moyes said.

"I think what West Ham supporters are going to see is a much different team, a much different setup. I want to give West Ham fans a team which will be young, energetic.

"I don’t know if we’ll win all the games, I can’t say that, but I want to give West Ham something they’d be proud of.

"I think if West Ham supporters were in just now, we’d have a completely different atmosphere in the stadium.

"It is really important when these supporters do come back that they realise a lot of these boys haven’t played in front of supporters before.

"What they’ll need is the supporters' help, real support. West Ham have got a massive support and I do think it's one of the things about the potential of West Ham that is untouched.

"The club has got much more room to improve. I hope I’m the start of that and I’m hope I’m the first part of the building blocks and they can go on to improve over many years now."

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