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Why David Moyes deserves more credit for his West Ham turnaround

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Why David Moyes deserves more credit for his West Ham turnaround

The Scot has guided the Hammers to a 13th place finish.

After steering West Ham United to a final-day 3-1 victory over Everton, David Moyes was noncommittal about his future in east London.

The Telegraph reported that Moyes is likely to leave the London Stadium this summer, with few at the club in favour of the Scot staying beyond the expiration of his contract.

Yet, despite Moyes’ unpopularity at West Ham, the former Everton and Manchester United boss deserves credit for guiding the Hammers to safety during a turbulent season.

When the 55-year-old took over from Slaven Bilic in November, the club was mired in 18th position with just two victories all season.

It was a simply dreadful situation to inherit; Moyes should be strongly commended for dragging West Ham out of the miserable start that Bilic produced.

In addition, the Hammers produced a number of battling, memorable results during his tenure as manager.

Integral home wins over the likes of Chelsea, Southampton, and Watford were backed up by resolute draws against Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea.

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Nonetheless, there have undoubtedly been embarrassing low points as well at the London Stadium, which have caused the fan base to turn against Moyes.

The tumultuous 3-0 home defeat to Burnley that was marred by crowd troubles encapsulates the worst of the manager’s reign.

Furthermore, the football on display in east London was regularly turgid and lacked the usual West Ham pizzazz and style.

For these reasons, it is not hard to see why West Ham supporters are eager to see the back of David Moyes and appoint a new manager this offseason.

But it would be unfair to classify Moyes’ time at the club as a failure.

The Scottish manager deserves credit for dragging the Hammers out of an abysmal position in the fall.

West Ham’s final league position of 13th is no small feat considering the sorry state the club was in earlier this season; David Moyes is to thank for keeping the Londoners up.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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