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David Moyes opens up with a ‘shock’ start from West Ham … but now he thrives ahead of the historic 1000th game that could see Hammers reach the knockout stage of the Europa League


David Moyes admits he learned from a ‘difficult’ first period at West Ham, as he prepares his side for a game that could take them to the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday.

The Scotsman was re-appointed as Hammers boss in December 2019, after a relatively unsuccessful six-month stay at the club in the 2017/18 campaign.

Moyes proved a lot of people wrong on his second stint at the club
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He signed a contract until the end of the season following the dismissal of Manuel Pellegrini in November 2017, with the club seated 17th and threatened with relegation.

Despite winning just nine of his 31 games in charge, Moyes managed to avoid the club’s downfall, but that was not enough for him to land a new contract in east London.

He revealed he even met potential new signings ahead of the 2018/19 season, before being shockingly told he would no longer continue as a manager.

Moyes told the Sun ahead of his 1,000th game in management, “It’s been a really tough period. We thought we had done a very good job, in fact, we had made plans.

David Moyes opens up with a ‘shock’ start from West Ham … but now he thrives ahead of the historic 1000th game that could see Hammers reach the knockout stage of the Europa League
West Ham have been fantastic this season
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“I had met a few players that I thought would come in for the next period because I thought we were moving forward, and then out of the blue, it wasn’t there.

“It was a shock. Was it a disappointing time? Yes it was. “

A year and a half after being let go by West Ham, the former Everton and Manchester United boss has been re-hired to keep the club in the Premier League.

Since then he has done this and more, guiding them to sixth place in the Premier League last season and in the Europa League.

David Moyes opens up with a ‘shock’ start from West Ham … but now he thrives ahead of the historic 1000th game that could see Hammers reach the knockout stage of the Europa League
Moyes wasn’t fancy after his first stint at the club

A win over Genk on Thursday would mean the Hammers advance to the knockout stage of the competition and, with his side fourth in the Premier League, things are going pretty well for the 58-year-old.

Moyes says he’s grateful the owners of West Ham brought him back to the club – but it appears to be a deal that has been struck for all parties.

“West Ham is a good club for me, and I’m really grateful to the owners for bringing me back,” he added.

“Sometimes when you’re put in a position it’s very hard to hit back and the owners gave me a chance to hit back and I’m going to keep punching.”

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