West Ham United boss David Moyes has raised the curtain on how he approaches half time team talks.
After years consistently working at the top level, Moyes has spent two separate 18 month spells out of a job either side of his stints at West Ham.
But rather than sit back and relax, the Scot used the time to study other coaches and clubs. And he is sure West Ham will feel the benefit (Independent).
And the Hammers boss has evolved the methods he employed at Preston and Everton – which earned him the Manchester United job.
Moyes used spells out of the game to evolve
Football has been through a period of rapid change.
Players are millionaires in their teens and hold all the power when it comes to transfers. Agents are more influential than ever.
And style of play has become paramount with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers leading the revolution.
One of the most crucial periods of any match week is that 15 minutes between a manager and his players at half-time on matchday.
Hammers boss lifts lid on approach to players and half-time team talks
And Moyes has lifted the lid on his approach to the modern day player and half-time in the dressing room in an interview with beIN Sports.
“Communication is so important nowadays with footballers, the human side of it, checking in on players on a one-to-one basis,” Moyes told beIN Sports.
“My style would always be to quickly have two or three minutes with my staff the minute we come off the pitch to just quickly assess what’s happened.
“Then give the players that moment of time to undo their tie-ups, get their socks off whatever they need to do (like) change their boots, which they do more often than not nowadays!
“And then I would give them the four or five minutes (of direction from me) and then leave them on their own. Then normally a bit of a rallying cry just before we go out again to hope that they’re ready to go again.”
West Ham had started to look a decent side under Moyes
When Moyes will deliver his next half-time teamtalk nobody knows.
Football remains suspended for the foreseeable future due to the global health crisis and along with it West Ham’s battle against relegation.
Results have not improved since Moyes returned for his second spell at West Ham to replace Manuel Pellegrini in December.
But the Hammers had just started to look a decent outfit before the enforced break. West Ham had been boosted by the excellent January signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek.
And in their last game before the break they should have comfortably beaten Arsenal at the Emirates. But poor finishing and a freak deflection gifted the Gunners a 1-0 win.
If the season does resume Moyes must use all of his experience to ensure West Ham get straight back on track and earn enough points for survival in the remaining nine games.