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West Ham owners have taken right step to appease fans over transfers

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West Ham owners have taken right step to appease fans over transfers

After a disappointing season, West Ham finally seem to be implementing a change of tactic in terms of transfers to try to put an end to successive transfer windows of failure.

The Times say that negotiations with David Moyes over a new deal have included the possibility that there will be no new Director of Football appointed, with Moyes instead carrying the full responsibility for identifying and completing deals as he did in a previous role at Everton.

Moyes was reportedly given greater control over transfer dealings in January, though that may not be a positive for the Hammers. The only new arrivals were Inter Milan winger Joao Mario on loan, striker Jordan Hugill and left-back Patrice Evra on a free transfer.

Mario has done well, if not being entirely convincing, but Hugill and Evra have barely made a dent on the first-team and the signing of the latter, yet another experienced professional on a sizeable wage, has raised questions marks.

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Based on his past experiences though, Moyes may well excel with such a role at the London Stadium. At Goodison Park he operated on a far smaller budget and picked up a series of gems, continually selling them on for a greater profit whilst also building a strong squad at the same time.


A disconnect between David Gold, David Sullivan and the management of the team has been clear, with the likes of Andre Ayew showcasing that the owners digging into their pockets has not always led to success.

That is a key factor in why fans have grown increasingly frustrated with their management of the club, and such a concession of power by placing the role into the hands of Moyes, shows a strong decision taking the club in the right direction as the owners step back and give more power to the employees of the club.

Whether it proves to pay off can only be seen in the long term. If Gold and Sullivan trust Moyes, give him funds to spend and have patience, it could be a hit. If they look to blame him for failure at the first glimpse of disappointment, it may be a disaster waiting to happen.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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