Despite his fine couple of seasons in charge, the real test as West Ham boss is about to face manager David Moyes. For years he has been bothered with charges of being a ditherer in the transfer market with that being mentioned for his sacking from Old Trafford.
No-one can do anything but admire him so far, but his decision not to spend in the winter left some more than surprised to put it mildly. And this was thrown back in his face by others when he decided to vent his wrath after the final game of the season making it clear he was more than unhappy with the squad.
He reckoned if we carry on like that we would be in relegation trouble next season and went full Fergie who had much the same to say after the Aberdeen Cup victory he ‘wasn’t having it’. It all felt more than a bit melodramatic after he had guided us to a probable second season in Europe assuming we come through the play offs.
Now he comes face-to-face with the reality of rebuilding one of the oldest squads in the Premier League and despite saying he needs a break, he will find there is actually no time for one. Two players have already said their goodbyes in Nobes and Yarmo, and others will soon be on their way and will need replacing, whilst other positions – striker, left back and cover midfielders are required and fast.
It’s not a favourable scenario usually to bring in so many and mould them into a successful squad but it needs to be done this time around. He and Rob Newman have hopefully been on the case early like Man City, Villa and Liverpool who have all agreed important deals.
This, as I said at the start, is his big test and he has to ensure that he leaves that dithering reputation way behind him. Once summer is done and the window is closed we can probably judge him more honestly than we have been able to thus far.