Ex Hammers boss Slaven Bilic warns David Moyes if you don’t ask you don’t get with West Ham’s owners ahead of summer rebuild.
After a hugely disappointing January window given what the Hammers had to play for, the pressure is on the West Ham board to seriously back Moyes in the summer.
Following the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as the club’s second biggest stakeholder in November and Rob Newman from Man City as head of recruitment before that, expectations have risen over the quality of player West Ham will be in for to continue the brilliant progress they have made in the last two years.
This summer West Ham face a big rebuild, as Moyes has admitted himself.
The Hammers have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of the manager’s plans.
It surprised supporters and pundits alike that West Ham failed to sign players in January.
Moyes has since claimed he had the board’s backing. But the fact remains the club did not get deals done for the players the manager wanted.
There will be no excuses this summer with the focus very much on co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold, transfer deal maker Karren Brady and of course new man Kretinsky.
One man who worked under three of those four key West Ham figures was former Hammers manager Slaven Bilic.
After the hugely successful Farewell Boleyn season under Bilic, West Ham were linked with a host of top players including William Carvalho and Alexandre Lacazette.
But they ended up making a host of underwhelming signings such as Gokhan Tore and Simone Zaza on loan and Havard Nordtveit and an ageing Alvaro Arbeloa on a free transfers.
In a new interview with The Athletic, Bilic effectively warns Moyes if you don’t ask you don’t get with West Ham’s owners ahead of summer rebuild.
Because Bilic made it clear he blames himself for not pushing hard enough for transfers and players he wanted during his time at West Ham.
“When you lose your job it’s not ideal but you learn from it,” Bilic told The Athletic.
“At West Ham and West Brom, I made a few mistakes. After the first season at West Ham, I didn’t push for new players.
“If I asked for new signings and we didn’t get any, I’d just get on with my job and work with the squad.
“But I should have fought a bit harder to improve the quality of the team. Looking back, I let myself down. Hopefully, in my next job, it will be different.”
Moyes simply cannot afford to make the same mistake at West Ham this summer.
And the Scot is in a fantastic position of strength to push harder for the club to show ambition than perhaps any West Ham manager of the modern before him.