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West Ham's new complex setup David Moyes believes can give them an advantage over rivals
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West Ham's new complex setup David Moyes believes can give them an advantage over rivals

David Moyes truly is working wonders at West Ham United and it’s no wonder given his attention to detail.

The Scot is renowned for being a workaholic. And West Ham have certainly reaped the benefits of that over the last 19 months.

Moyes has surrounded himself with a coaching team he trusts at West Ham.

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And that was perfectly evidenced around this time last season when the manager had to isolate due to Covid, leaving the Hammers in the hands of the likes of Paul Nevin, Stuart Pearce, Alan Irvine, Kevin Nolan and Xavi Valero.

The results were emphatic. The Hammers beat Hull 5-1, Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0. In fact Moyes quipped that West Ham fans would not want him back as a result.

West Ham fans would have noticed Moyes’s staff – which this season once again includes Billy McKinlay – all performing different tasks on a matchday.

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But quite what each one does and who is responsible for what is never been too clear. Until now.

That’s after a fascinating report from The Athletic’s West Ham reporter Roshane Thomas lifted the lid on the complex setup Moyes has put in place to try and ensure the Hammers are one step ahead of the opposition.

West Ham fans may have noticed that Pearce and McKinlay are rarely seen in the dugout area during games. But Nevin and Nolan very much are.

Instead Pearce and McKinlay sit next to each other in the stands on match days and relay vital info to Nevin.

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“Effectively they are Moyes’ eyes from above and communicate via an earpiece to Nevin, who stands next to Moyes on the touchline,” The Athletic reports.

“Given they have a better vantage point, occasionally McKinlay will head down to the technical area, which was the case in the season opener when they twice came from behind to win 4-2 away to Newcastle United, and pass on feedback to the manager…

“Nolan will often join the discussions on the touchline whenever he has made observations during games.

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“It is his role to give instructions to substitutes before they enter the field, whether gesticulating the runs they need to make, or showing them on an iPad.”

Moyes has added to his staff at West Ham with the official appointment of Rob Newman as head of recruitment this week.

The former Man City man will be tasked with helping unearth gems to fit Moyes’s philosophy and West Ham’s identity under him.

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