Is David Moyes right with his claim about West Ham tenure?

In spite of struggles, West Ham manager David Moyes believes he’s “one” coach that has brought the Hammers more joy than misery during his time at the club.
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The Scot has been facing fierce criticism lately due to the club’s poor run of form with some of the fans calling for his sacking. However, it was a bit of a relief for him as West Ham ended their eight-match winless run in all competitions, sinking Brentford 4-2 on Monday.

Moyes will be out of contract at the end of the season and according to the last year's reports, he was set for a contract extension that would then run until 2026. However, the recent rough patch has brought uncertainty over his future with the club.

Following the Irons’ 2-0 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest last week, Moyes claimed that he’s one coach that has won “more” amongst the tacticians that have spearheaded the club. He reminded fans of “good times”, hoisting the UEFA Conference League title last season and incredible league positions they have finished in.

For many, it felt he was hitting back at calls for him to be shown the exit door. As quoted by DailyMail, Moyes said:

"I don’t think you can ever please everybody"

"I think it would be hard to say there have been many better times at West Ham. Maybe they [the fans] want something different. But I think they’d honestly have to say it’s been as good a time as they’ve had at the club regarding winning a trophy, their league positions."

"Maybe they’ve had managers who excite them more. But the one who is sitting here wins more. We’re hurting really badly as a team and manager as we’ve not had good results for five to six weeks now."

"This season we’ve beaten Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United so we mustn't forget there have been good times. There have been things that have affected us and there have been other clubs that have also suffered."

"There is no divine right that West Ham don’t have a dicky period but we need to get back on it."

A brief look at Moyes' record at West Ham

Moyes has coached the club over 200 matches and according to, he has 1.57 points per game. And it puts him ahead of the previous four mentors of the club.

In the 2020/21 season, he guided West Ham to finish in top six which was the sixth time since the club was established. He also secured them their best league points tally of 65 and a record of 19 wins in a season. With this feat, he led them to the Europa League in the following campaign. 

The former Manchester United boss also helped the 129-year-old club win Conference League which was their first silverware since 1980 when they won FA Cup. It was also their first European trophy in 56 years.

And just last year, Moyes set an astonishing record with his side, reaching a milestone by going for 17 consecutive European matches undefeated. This was the longest run by an English side.

Perhaps a look back at this would remind one that Moyes has indeed warmed the cockles of the West Ham faithful’s hearts.