'Clean slate' - Moyes issues challenge to West Ham flops
By Guy Giles
New West Ham boss David Moyes has challenged his squad to rise to the challenge and impress him after a positive first week of training.
Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic on Tuesday after the Croatian was sacked with the Hammers in the Premier League relegation zone.
The Scot takes over a squad that has underperformed this season, having scored only 11 goals and conceding a league-high 23 times in their opening 11 games.
Questions have been raised about the performances of certain Hammers players, particularly club-record signing Marko Arnautovic, but Moyes insisted that everyone will have the chance to impress.
Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Moyes said: “It’s a clean slate for the entire squad. They’ve all worked very hard this week and responded in a positive manner to everything we’ve asked of them.
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“It will obviously take time for the players to fully understand our style and methods but the initial signs are very encouraging – they’ve bought into what we are trying to do and that’s a good base for us to build on.”
Arnautovic is currently away on international duty along with several other squad members, and Moyes denied claims that decisions have been made already regarding certain players’ futures.
He said: “Everybody will get their opportunity to impress us and there have certainly been no decisions made about individuals. There’s a lot of quality here and I’m confident the players will all bring something different to the table. They will need to work hard but they aren’t afraid of doing that, which has been good to see.”
Moyes takes over at West Ham after failed spells in charge of Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, but the Scot brings with him nearly 500 games of Premier League experience.
His task at West Ham begins with a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Sunday November 19.
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