West Ham manager David Moyes

By John Reid

Tony Gale has said he thinks his former club West Ham had a “little bit of a panic” before hiring David Moyes as their new manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gale said that the owners of the club believe that Moyes’ ‘discipline and organisation’ were probably among the reasons that he was hired.

Gale said: “What owners tend to do at this sort of stage is have a little bit of a panic and they go ‘right; let’s go that way, let’s go for a Sam (Allardyce), or a Tony Pulis, or a David Moyes.

“That type of manager, organisation, discipline, churn out the results, and then after getting a few results, maybe they start playing again.”

Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham’s owners following the recent 4-1 defeat to West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

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Moyes was appointed despite having a poor recent managerial record, beginning when he was sacked by Manchester United a mere 10 months after being hand-picked by David Moyes to be his successor at Old Trafford.

Moyes then spent just over a year at Spanish side Real Sociedad, until he was sacked with the club in danger of relegation.

Finally, the new West Ham boss had a disastrous season at Sunderland, which culminated in their relegation from the Premier League.

In other West Ham news, a player who worked with Moyes believes he will succeed at the club

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