The Last Word: Will Moyes suffer the same fate as Bilic and Pellegrini? Let’s hope not!

Moyes is the man of the moment and rightly so, but let’s be careful before getting too carried away

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

It’s been a great season, but I hope it won’t be a case of deja vous and a replica of what happened to Slaven Bilic and later Manuel Pellegrini in their second year.

The received wisdom appears to be that we are on our way at long last to the next level and under a born-again David Moyes, I believe that could well be the case.

His first job on arriving at the club for the second time was to repair what had become a badly damaged reputation and he has succeeded brilliantly.

His second job was to ensure that he became clearly in charge of all football matters and he seems to have managed to as well. His fingerprints are all over the gaff.

His third task was to restore the spirit of a badly damaged squad – job done and his fourth will be to maintain the incredible momentum and take us forward, and into the top six on a regular basis.

Right now Moyes is the man of the moment and rightly so, but let’s be careful before getting too carried away because second seasons can often be chastening experiences.

It found out Slaven and it certainly kicked Pellegrini up the butt and the same has been seen elsewhere as was the case with Chris Wilder at Sheffield United.

He too was knocking on the Euro door with his first season Blades team – second time around they were horribly relegated.

I expect nothing of that nature to befall the Hammers but down the years – like so many Irons  – I’ve learned to be very circumspect in making hugely optimistic predictions.

It’s also as well to remember this has been a far from normal season with the absence of crowds somehow – I believe – producing results far from the norm.

It’s impossible to explain the whys of that but I think it’s unlikely to truly see how far we have come until a dozen of next season’s games have been played.

We know that we have a great midfield when Dec and Tomas are together and that, by and large, the defence is now pretty well organised.

We need additions and the board needs to build on what’s been achieved with some wise investment.

I believe in Moyes – I also believed in the other two – and I am more than cautiously optimistic we are finally on our way.

Whatever happens next my heartiest congratulations go out to the boss and the boys on a season when at long last one could do a bit of bragging.

But the acid test for the team and club will come next season in my view so we are hanging in and hoping for the very best.

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