West Ham United legend John Hartson has hit out at David Moyes and says he is ‘lucky’ to be Hammers boss.

Moyes was appointed West Ham manager for the second time in as many years on Sunday.

It came after Manuel Pellegrini was axed following a dismal run of two wins from the last 14 games.

Most West Ham fans agreed Pellegrini had to go.

But supporters are furious with owners David Sullivan and David Gold over the way they run the club and a lack of ambition.

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West Ham fans raging at Moyes return

West Ham fans respect Moyes for the solid job he did first time around under difficult circumstances.

But a large section of the Hammers faithful were against the Scot’s return due to what it represents, feeling he is not the right man to take West Ham forward in line with their expectations.

And they are not alone.

West Ham legend John Hartson has delivered a damning verdict on Moyes.

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Hartson slams Moyes’s ‘winner’ claim and questions appointment

Super John told talkSPORT Moyes is ‘lucky’ to be Hammers boss.

“I think he’s been very lucky David Moyes,” Hartson said on talkSPORT.

“I think he’s been out of the game for a while, he’s been waiting in the wings for an opportunity, yes he did ok when he went to West Ham with Stuart Pearce before.

“But for me he’s been very fortunate. It’s a massive job. Yes he’s got experience but he should never have been Manchester United manager… took Sunderland down… for me I think he’s a lucky man and I think West Ham could have gone elsewhere.”


Hartson then took to Twitter to rubbish Moyes’s claim – from his first press conference since returning to East London – that he is a ‘winner’.

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‘Good luck with Moyes’

“Good luck to the West Ham fans with Moyes,” Hartson said on Twitter.

“Great club. #COYI.

“David Moyes press conference… Moyes: ‘That’s what I do, I win, I’ve always won’… urrm what exactly is it you’ve won David ??”

Hartson’s brutal assessment will strike a chord with West Ham fans.

Many have questioned his relevance in the modern Premier League era, particularly after another 18 months out of the game.

There are concerns too over his connections and ability to attract top players.

Moyes signed out of contract ageing defender Patrice Evra and wasted £9million on flop striker Jordan Hugill the last time he was at the club.

The appointment rankles with supporters in the wake of seemingly more ambitious and progressive ones at the likes of Leicester and Everton with Brendan Rodgers and Carlo Ancelotti at the helm.

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