Influential former West Ham United academy boss Terry Westley has been impressed with David Moyes.

West Ham’s hopes of survival were boosted at the weekend when they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Southampton.

But a win for Watford and a draw for Bournemouth against Chelsea took the edge off West Ham’s result.

The Hammers remain out of the bottom three on goal difference going into this weekend’s game at Arsenal.

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West Ham fans sick of scattergun approach to recruitment

It is set against the backdrop of a large number of West Ham fans protesting against the club’s owners.

Their list of grievances is lengthy.

But one major bone of contention is the lack of a clear plan and philosophy when it comes to transfers and recruitment.

Hammers supporters believe the scattergun and often cheap approach to transfers consistently leaves West Ham a couple of injuries away from a crisis.

And so that has proved this season with injuries to Lukasz Fabianski and Michail Antonio – and the cheap squad filling with the likes of Roberto and Carlos Sanchez in key positions – widely accepted to have derailed what looked a potentially promising campaign.

Moyes is fully focused on keeping West Ham up.

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Moyes has short and long-term plans for Hammers

And he has 10 games to get the four wins – or three and three draws – needed to do so.

Do that and Moyes has revealed he intends to implement a longer term plan to build a more exciting, meaningful West Ham.

It will be based on the sound recruitment of young, strong, pacy, hungry players from the Championship, elite teams where perhaps they cannot get game time and Europe (

Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek look to be the first pieces in that jigsaw alongside the likes of Declan Rice and emerging talent Jeremy Ngakia.

And ex Hammers academy chief Westley is backing Moyes to revolutionise the club.

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Influential former academy boss backs Moyes to revolutionise West Ham

Speaking to Claret & Hugh Westley said he believes the Scot is the right man to finally take West Ham forward in a structured, meaningful way.

“David Moyes picked exactly the right team at the weekend – a team with goals in it – and I am now far less fearful about relegation than I was a few weeks ago,” Westley told Claret & Hugh.


“I believe we will stay up under David Moyes.

“And that he will put a real structure into the club which has been needed for a long time and the best youngsters will be a part of it.”

West Ham’s run-in:

Arsenal (A)

Wolves (H)

Tottenham (A)

Chelsea (H)

Newcastle (A)

Burnley (H)

Norwich (A)

Watford (H)

Man United (A)

Aston Villa (H)

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