David Moyes sets target for next season as West Ham challenge Liverpool and Chelsea for Europe

If you had informed West Ham followers that with solely 12 video games left within the season they might be sat two factors above champions Liverpool it’s a secure assumption many would have thought you had gone mad.

Add to that the Hammers have a recreation in hand and most individuals can be checking it was not April 1.

But right here we’re, Liverpool are down in seventh and David Moyes’ workforce in sixth and they’re nicely within the hunt for European soccer.

West Ham have spent many of the previous two weeks within the prime 4 and bar Everton the Hammers have performed one recreation fewer than the groups above them and stay in charge of their very own future.

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Ahead of West Ham’s next league fixture, a house recreation with Leeds, Moyes spoke about his membership’s probabilities of Champions League soccer next season:

“It’s a chance,” Moyes informed the BBC.

“But I’ve acquired to say I can see 4 or 5 groups who’re simply chasing us down and 4 or 5 groups, who in the beginning of the season each considered one of your pundits will let you know that they have been going to complete above West Ham, me too.

“Those groups are nonetheless there and they’re nonetheless going to push us arduous and challenge. We have put up a very good battle in the intervening time and been resilient in many of the video games.

“We’ve had a go, yeah, we’ve misplaced some and some we’ve received however general I actually suppose we will hold pushing and making an attempt to remain up there.

“Whether we will end fourth might be above our station at this current time.”

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West Ham’s present place within the league has made Moyes and his gamers reevaluate their goals for the season. At the beginning of the marketing campaign, the Hammers needed to keep away from a relegation battle, progress from their tremendous finish to final 12 months, and a snug mid-table place would have executed properly.

As it’s European soccer and closing the hole on the groups above West Ham is now on the thoughts of the gamers as nicely as Moyes:

“I all the time thought if we might be in a prime ten positions, that may be a superb place for West Ham contemplating the place we have been however we’re not there anymore and we’re a lot greater up so I’m wanting up saying ‘can I strive and catch groups above me?’

“Yeah, I’ve acquired a number of actually good groups behind me however can I strive and catch one or two of the groups above me,” he mentioned.

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Moyes is in his second spell at West Ham after not being provided an extension to his six-month deal in 2018. The Scot had are available on the finish of 2017 with the membership within the relegation zone and led them to security with two video games to spare but it surely was determined he was not the long-term answer and was changed with Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean’s first season noticed the Hammers end tenth however his second marketing campaign was all downhill and he was relieved of his duties with the membership one place outdoors the relegation zone and in a battle for top-flight survival.

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Moyes was rehired on an 18-month contract and as soon as once more the Scot lead West Ham away from the hazard zone with video games to spare. This season he has constructed on a tremendous finish return from lockdown and the Hammers have gone from energy to energy, shedding simply two league video games in 2021, with Moyes believing time is the important thing to a soccer supervisor’s success:

“We all need time as a result of we really feel as if we’ve been given time it provides you the prospect to do issues your self. But we’re in a tragic world of soccer administration the place altering in a short time appears to be executed,” he mentioned.

Moyes put a number of the knee-jerk resolution in soccer right down to not solely outcomes but in addition the response of followers’ on social media.

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“I feel a number of it’s media pushed, which is clearly social media-driven as nicely, so I don’t suppose I’m going to have the ability to change that or we will change that, so we’ve to stay with it and perceive we’ve to get outcomes.

“If you look by means of footballing historical past the golf equipment which have had essentially the most success have had good stability and a very good degree of continuity operating by means of the golf equipment.”

Moyes has actually supplied West Ham with stability this season and the supervisor will stay on the membership next season if he needs to. The 57-year-old has a clause in his contract that he can activate if he needs to increase his deal for an additional season as soon as West Ham are assured a end above thirteenth.

That, whereas not but mathematically assured is sort of actually assured barring a calamitous collapse, one thing that’s extraordinarily unlikely given the for Moyes has his workforce in.

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