By Guy Giles
Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman has backed David Moyes to make an impact at West Ham, detailing the Scot’s obsessive attention to detail and tough fitness demands on his players.
Osman, who played under Moyes for 11 seasons at Everton, also dismissed the heavy criticism that has been levelled at Moyes since his appointment, and believes he is capable of thriving at the London Stadium.
In a column for the Daily Mail, Osman outlined three things that contributed to Moyes’ success at Everton, a period which saw the Toffees continually overachieve and challenge for a top-four place.
He said: “First, he got us to buy into the belief that we were all in it together. He demands hard work and we all wanted to work hard for him and the team. Nobody wanted to be the one who let him down.”
He continued: “His attention to detail is meticulous, obsessive almost. It used to drive some older guys mad. You’d wonder how it would be beneficial, but, come Saturday, it paid off. It made us so difficult to break down.
“He also made us incredibly fit. Some runs he asked us to do were totally unrealistic – and he knew it – but there was a method. He wanted to see who had the heart to fight until the end, as they are the qualities he expects from his team.
Moyes first game as West Ham boss sees the Hammers travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford on the 19th of November.
In other West Ham news, this BT Sport commentator has blasted the club’s decision to appoint Moyes as their new manager.