Jermain Defoe was incredibly complimentary about West Ham boss David Moyes when speaking to ITV Sport this afternoon (Sunday January 9th, 1:38pm).
The 39-year-old played under the current Hammers boss during his time at Sunderland over five years ago.
Things didn’t work out at all for Moyes during his stint in charge at the Stadium of Light.
The Scot has worked wonders since taking over at the London Stadium in December 2019 though.
Moyes has established West Ham as not only a top-half Premier League team but a top six one. Considering the fact that we were sitting in 17th place in the table when he took over, that is quite the achievement.
Jermain Defoe raves about David Moyes
The former West Ham striker has worked under plenty of high profile managers in the past including Harry Redknapp Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steven Gerrard.
So he certainly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to coaching methods.
Defoe spoke to ITV Sport this afternoon and shared something in particular that really surprised him about Moyes:
“He was brilliant to be honest. People always spoke about David Moyes being miserable but then he came and he really impressed me. His sessions, everything was with the ball, little rondos, possessions, attention to detail was unbelievable. Set-pieces, and all the meetings. What impressed me was how he treated the senior players. He wanted you to control the dressing room. He was just fantastic and it’s not surprised me the job he has done here.”
Moyes is certainly a more progressive, innovative coach than he gets credit for.
Sure, he is old school in some of his methods, but what makes him so good is that he has been prepared to evolve with the times.
If the West Ham owners back Moyes to the hilt in the transfer market over the course of the next year or so, the Scot can achieve great things at the London Stadium.
And Defoe’s comments today are further proof of just how lucky we are to have Moyes in charge at West Ham.