West Ham United boss David Moyes has been savaged by two former players over his tactics.

Read: ‘Ready to go’ David Moyes bullish as West Ham return to training

The West Ham boss has been ridiculed over the years after failing at a string of clubs.

West Ham’s owners did not help when they deemed Moyes was not progressive enough for them despite doing his best work in years during his first spell in east London.

Another 18 months out of the game followed as Moyes watched Manuel Pellegrini spend record amounts on transfers.

Photo by Harriet Lander Copa Getty Images

Moyes fighting to save West Ham, his reputation and his career

Back at West Ham for a second spell and Moyes under fire again. Criticised for failing to turn West Ham’s fortunes around and questioned over his ‘dinosaur’ tactics when going to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Things changed in January, though. The Scot insisted he wanted to transform West Ham’s recruitment and build a new-look team full of young, hungry, energetic players (whufc.com).

Many West Ham fans have bought into that idea. And performances had steadily improved before football was shut down due to the global health crisis.

Some Hammers supporters simply do not believe Moyes is the right man for the job, though.

And those with doubts over the Scot would have felt vindicated by comments from two of Moyes’s former players yesterday.

Photo by PAUL ELLIS AFP via Getty Images

Ferdinand and Kirchhoff slam Moyes over tactics and football views

Speaking in separate interviews, former West Ham star Rio Ferdinand and ex Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff hammered Moyes over his tactics and views on football.

Ferdinand told 606 Savage Social he did not see eye to eye with Moyes.

“We did have some heated discussions if I’m being honest,” Ferdinand told 606 Savage Social.


“There were a few heated meetings between myself, Vida (Nemanja Vidic) and David Moyes. We didn’t agree with certain things and the certain ways things were being done.

“Set-ups from a defensive perspective etcetera. He wanted certain things, we didn’t really agree with certain things he was saying.

“But that’s football and I think David Moyes will probably have had that before with many different players so we weren’t the first and I’m sure we won’t be the last.”

Photo by Ian Horrocks Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

‘I didn’t get on with Moyes’

Ferdinand was right about that.

One the same day in an interview with The Athletic, Kirchhoff was laying into the West Ham boss too.

The former Bayern Munich man said Sunderland were deflated by his arrival after Sam Allardyce’s departure.

“It wasn’t right, the way we played football (under Moyes),” Kirchhoff told The Athletic.

“I didn’t get on with David Moyes. The system he wanted to play, I didn’t understand really.

“I didn’t understand his views of football and he didn’t understand mine.”

Read: West Ham transfer ‘agreement’ is bad news for Hammers duo

Have something to tell us about this article?