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Insider lifts lid on what West Ham owners told David Moyes about the FA Cup before he was appointed
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Insider lifts lid on what West Ham owners told David Moyes about the FA Cup before he was appointed

West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold have given David Moyes clear instructions ahead of today’s FA Cup third round clash with Gillingham.

Hammers fans are sick of seeing the club fail to take cup competitions seriously.

West Ham have suffered embarrassing defeats to lower league opposition in both the FA Cup and League Cup in recent seasons.

Manuel Pellegrini made wholesale changes to his teams for cup games.

And the Chilean failed to learn from last season’s 4-3 humbling at the hands of AFC Wimbledon when he played a second string in a 4-0 defeat to Oxford this season.

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Pellegrini the latest in long line of West Ham managers who failed to take cups seriously

Pellegrini was sacked last weekend and quickly replaced by David Moyes.

The Hammers got off to the perfect start for the Scotsman’s second spell at West Ham in as many years with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

Now attentions turn to League One Gillingham in the world’s oldest and most historic cup competition this afternoon.

And West Ham fans can rest assured Moyes will be taking it very seriously indeed.

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Owners gave Moyes clear instructions ahead of appointment

That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.

The radio and Twitter personality has revealed that co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold instructed Moyes to take the FA Cup seriously this season.

And the manager responded by telling them he intends to win it.

“I have been told that the club intend to take the FA Cup very seriously this year and that Moyes very much wants to win it!” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.

“Music to all our ears I am sure-let’s hope we can at least get past Gillingham…the club had instructed Moyes to take the cup seriously when appointed and he said he will and wants to win it.”

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‘We’re trying to win it’

Moyes reiterated that stance when he spoke to the press ahead of the game.

“I think every team is desperate to get through and lower teams, with respect to Gillingham, are looking forward to getting the games,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).

“Big games, big paydays, but from our point of view, we’re trying to win the FA Cup if we can.”

That would be one way to mark the 40th anniversary of West Ham’s last triumph in the competition back in 1980.

It has been a long, barren, trophy-less four decades since.