West Ham United have stumbled on a bold new era of management after David Moyes was forced to work from home due to Covid-19.
That’s the view of talkSPORT duo Adrian Durham and Darren Gough.
Moyes missed four matches after testing positive for the virus before West Ham’s cup game against Hull City.
The Hammers won three of them, beating Hull 5-1, Wolves 4-0 and Leicester City 3-0. They were also looking the more likelier against Everton in the cup until a deflected goal turned the tide in the home side’s favour.
Alan Irvine, Paul Nevin and Kevin Nolan have stepped in on the touchline while Stuart Pearce has watched from the stands while in constant dialogue with Moyes over the phone.
Stay at home. Win games. Save West Ham
Pearce has then been relaying messages to Irvine and co on the touchline.
West Ham fan forums and social media have been awash with memes about Moyes since.
Using the government’s pandemic catchline, Moyes has been pictured in Boris Johnson’s position with the words: ‘Stay at home. Win Games. Save West Ham’.
While West Ham supporters have been having some fun with it all, talkSPORT duo Durham and Gough genuinely believe it has given the Hammers a unique advantage.
So much so that they say West Ham should continue to have someone – not necessarily Moyes – watching the game with the benefit of multi-angle TV coverage and reporting back to better inform tactics and decisions.
talkSPORT duo suggest West Ham have stumbled on a bold new era
“Is there anything in that, with Moyes being at home relaying instructions via Stuart Pearce to Irvine and the team are getting results without David Moyes,” Durham said on talkSPORT Drive this week.
“They’re watching if from three different angles,” Gough pointed out.
“Has that ever worked before? It’s the world we live in at the moment in time, I don’t know, is there something in it?
“Where you’ve got a guy watching it at home, saying what he’s seen watching it as we would see it, watching it on television. You’ve got Stuart Pearce – you see a lot of managers like to go up the top and watch it from a different angle – then you’ve got the guy on the touchline watching it from the touchline angle.
“I think at this moment in time it’s working for West Ham.”
Durham added: “I don’t mean it disrespectfully to David Moyes. He’s a big part of getting these results, he’s making the decisions.
‘It’s no disrespect to Moyes but is this a new way?’
“But does Moyes not being there, and having a different view of it and working in a different way – managing the team, coaching the team but in a very different way to what everybody’s used to that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
“So does him not being there actually help the team?”
Moyes is now back after his time away.
Whether he chooses to use Pearce or another of his coaches in that role going forward remains to be seen.
Things aren’t easy for the Hammers after the international break, though.