News   |    November 2nd, 2021


Over the years David Gold has been kind enough to invite me to West Ham’s midweek home matches when he knows I am not watching Charlton and last Wednesday I was at the London Stadium to see the Hammers beat Manchester City in the League Cup to advance to the quarter finals of the competition. It was a brilliant table and the banter was of a high standard!

David Moyes effectively fielded a reserve side in the match but the supreme effort put in by his players and Moyes’s organisational skills saw West Ham prevail. If ever a manager has galvanised a group of players and changed the mood of a club then that is Moyes who is about to reach the amazing landmark of 1,000 games as a manager. I sat next to him at the LMA Dinner 2012 when Chris Powell won the League One Manager of the Year award and I found him very warm and engaging and good company.

It is only when you see Premier League teams that you appreciate just how good the players at that level are. The quality and speed of the passing and the pace at which the teams play for the 90 minutes is incredible and unlike any other league in the world.

It was great also to see a couple of former England stalwarts in Mike Summerbee and Trevor Brooking who were both in good form and looking spritely!

Johnnie Jackson at Charlton is at the opposite end of the spectrum to Moyes having managed for only three games but with a 100% record. He is a legend at the club and was captain of the team that won the League One Championship in 2012 and he deserves the opportunity. He is a solid character and will demand very high standards from his players and given time I hope he can emulate the achievements of two former players in Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. He will need time to impose his ideas and to change the squad to have players that fit his ideology and I hope he gets it as history shows that clubs who chop and change their managers generally fail.

Image – Rex Features

Peter Varney - Chairman, Integral Sports Management.

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