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Was David Moyes 'up yours' gesture meant for Jose Mourinho, the 'stay at home' mockers or GSB?

David Moyes racing onto the pitch after West Ham United completed a remarkable comeback at Tottenham Hotspur seems to have been a watershed moment for the Scot.

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Despite steady progress on the pitch continuing for West Ham this season, Moyes still had many doubters among the Hammers fanbase.

Many did not want him back for a second time after Manuel Pellegrini was sacked by West Ham at the turn of the year.

Particularly after bitter rivals Tottenham had gone out and ambitiously replaced Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho.

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Those sceptical West Ham fans looked like being proved right as Moyes struggled for results.

But West Ham have been one of the form teams since football restarted.

And they have carried that into this season too.

When Manuel Lanzini completed a record-breaking comeback in the last minute at Spurs on Sunday evening Moyes erupted like a volcano of pent-up emotion.

It was a rare sight for an often dour Scot who prefers to keep his emotions in check.

Sky Sports’s cameras captured the West Ham manager’s celebrations in all their glory.

And the eagle-eyed Hammers supporter would have spotted Moyes offering the ‘up yours’ gesture seemingly in the direction of the opposition bench, the press box or perhaps even the director’s box.

Moyes gives the ‘up yours’ gesture after West Ham’s equaliser during Sky Sports’s live coverage. But who to?

Who was target of West Ham manager’s ‘up yours’ gesture?

There are three theories as to who the gesture was aimed at.

The first is that it was aimed at Mourinho, or the Spurs bench.

There is no love lost between most managers and Mourinho. Whether there is any personal beef between Moyes and Tottenham’s boss – who are both former Manchester United managers – we don’t know.

Mourinho’s conduct often rubs opposition managers up the wrong way. And Moyes did make a dig at Mourinho’s infamous knee slide celebrations during his post match interview on Sky Sports. It could be something went on during the game which Moyes did not take kindly to.

Then there is the theory it was aimed at the press and fans who have mocked Moyes asking him to stay at home following his recent positive Covid-19 test.

During Moyes’s isolation period West Ham beat Hull City 5-1, Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0.

The Scot had to tolerate questioning from the press about whether he should remain at home. And talkSPORT pundits Adrian Durham and Darren Gough even seriously suggested it could be a modern way forward for West Ham – read the full story here.

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Passionate Moyes gesture does wonders for his West Ham rep

So was Moyes giving a bit back to those who had been mocking him of late? Perhaps.

Another theory is that it was aimed at the West Ham board David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady.

Sullivan was particularly vocal during the transfer window and made clear in an interview with talkSPORT that Moyes was the reason West Ham had not signed a number of players.

The West Ham owners gave Moyes very little by way of funds while their Prem rivals spent over £1.2bn on new players.

According to various insiders, the owners were also actively trying to ship out Lanzini, a player Moyes has always rated highly despite his recent struggles.

Perhaps after seeing Lanzini come good in a big way, the gesture was aimed at the board?

Only Moyes knows. And unless one of the accredited journalists covering West Ham actually asks the question it’s unlikely we’ll ever find out.

Whoever it was aimed at, the gesture has done wonders for Moyes’s reputation among many West Ham fans.

Social media was flooded with reactions to Moyes’s passionate outpouring.

And many were holding their hands up saying he is starting to prove them wrong.

Long may it continue.

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