'They won't play' - Moyes issues stark warning to West Ham players
By Guy Giles
New West Ham manager David Moyes has issued a stern warning to his new players as he begins his tenure at the London Stadium.
Speaking in his first press conference as boss, as quoted by Sky Sports, Moyes said: “They must get on with it. If they don’t do their running they won’t play. Because I’m in a hurry.
“I can only tell you I’m here, I’m on a job and I’m on a mission in my own head. If they step out of line they won’t play, if they don’t run they won’t play. If they don’t do the training and are not fit enough, they won’t play.”
There have been questions regarding the work rate of many West Ham players this season, and Moyes comments seem to be a move to address the issue.
Reports claim that ex-manager Slaven Bilic was told by his old charges that his lackadaisical approach to discipline was a big problem, and it seems as though Moyes will not make the same mistake.
Moyes continued by suggesting that the players need to take some responsibility for the sacking of Bilic, and show that they are worthy of playing for West Ham.
He said: “We need the players to take responsibility as well. It can’t always be the managers who are bad.
“The players have got to show they’re good enough to play for the club, that they’re big enough to play in this stadium and in front of a really passionate support.”
Moyes was appointed on Tuesday after Bilic’s sacking on Monday, a quick turnaround for a club looking to climb out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
The Scot comes into the West Ham job on the back of three failures – Manchester United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland – and will be looking to regain the fearsome reputation he had when boss of Everton before that.
His task begins with a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on the 19th of November.