Exclusive: Hutton suggests divide among West Ham dressing room after official statement
Alan Hutton suggests that the West Ham dressing room will be divided over the appointment of David Moyes as the club’s new manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland defender says the 56-year-old’s return looks to be a short-term fix rather than something for the long-term.
The club officially announced Moyes’ return on Sunday, the manager inheriting a squad with a number of players who were at the club during his last spell in charge.
With the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble and Michail Antonio still in east London, Hutton suggests there may be divisions among the squad over the new man in the dugout.
“I think they’re maybe trying to steady the ship with somebody they know, somebody who knows the club,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“They’re looking at being a club in the top-six, I thought they’d have a chance to be honest, at least top-half of the table with the squad that they’ve got and they’ve totally underachieved.
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“I think it’ll be positive for some because you know what it’s like, some people like a manager, other don’t. There will ones there thinking: ‘He was in charge last time and he didn’t quite like me, does that mean I’m not going to play?’
“It will be positives for some and I think for others it will be a bit: ‘I’m not too sure.'”
Of the players that remain from Moyes’ first spell at the London Stadium, Ogbonna made the most appearances under the manager with 30 outings, Pablo Zabaleta and Cresswell following up with 29 and 28 respectively.
At the other end of the spectrum, Michail Antonio turned out just 12 times as he found himself behind the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini in the pecking order.