Things might be bleak for the country at the moment but West Ham United have a lot to look forward to under David Moyes.
That is the suggestion from one of his best ever signings Tim Cahill.
Moyes was an unpopular choice among fans to replace Manuel Pellegrini when he returned to West Ham for a second spell back in December.
Results on the pitch have not improved under the Scot either and West Ham were in the thick of a relegation battle before the enforced break as a result of the coronavirus global health crisis.
Football presses pause on West Ham progress under Moyes
Performances had steadily improved, though, even if West Ham are only outside the bottom three on goal difference as things stand with nine games to play.
Moyes has made it clear he intends to rip up West Ham’s incoherent, scattergun recruitment process.
The Hammers boss says he wants to transform the club with a new-look team built around young, hungry players (whufc.com).
Well one man who knows Moyes better than most is his former Everton star Tim Cahill.
Cahill lavishes praise on Moyes methods
And the Goodison Park favourite has praised Moyes in an interview with Sky Sports, with an assessment that will excite West Ham fans.
“David Moyes built an amazing group of players,” Cahill told Sky Sports.
“We had (Mikel) Arteta, Joleon Lescott, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Neville, Louis Saha, Yakubu, Phil Jagielka – the list goes on.
“He picked players from the Championship, and the great thing was that he had a leadership group that he trusted.
“He let us lead the team, and if we couldn’t deal with things, then he would obviously carry the can. But he was always a great leader.
Verdict should excite Hammers fans
“He wasn’t someone who would tell you how great you did… he was someone that would tell you what you could do better.
“To finish fourth with Everton in my first season with that early group of players – Alan Stubbs, Duncan Ferguson, David Weir, Lee Carsley – was a massive achievement. You can see even nowadays, with all the millions that are being spent, it doesn’t guarantee a top six place.”
West Ham fans will take great heart from Cahill’s verdict on Moyes.
And it will give them great hope for the future when football eventually resumes.
Moyes has to ensure he keeps West Ham up. Then he can implement his refreshing plans.