West Ham United manager David Moyes had two outstanding seasons in charge of the Hammers, during which they reached this season’s Europa League semi-finals before being eliminated on Thursday night
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Former West Ham United and England midfielder Joe Cole expects clubs to keep an eye on David Moyes following his success at the London Stadium.
Last season, Moyes guided the Hammers to qualify for the Europa League and this season took them to the semi-finals, where they suffered a 3-1 aggregate defeat by German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
The job was made even more impressive by the relatively small budget Moyes had, limited squad size and the fact that he’s struggled with a number of injury issues this season, particularly in defence. Moyes’ successes have caught the eye of former England, Chelsea and Hammers player Cole, who believes other clubs would be keen to sign the Scotland boss after his stint at the London Stadium.
“We have to be careful because West Ham lost tonight but you have to look at the whole story,” Cole told BT Sport. “When he came through the door when he came back to the club he bought the club a steel and he will be very proud of his players.
“There was nothing wrong with West Ham’s performance, they were moments. I think he’s at the peak of his career, he’s a better manager now than when he took over Manchester United. He went away, looked at things, got better.
“There will be admirers for David Moyes from what he has done at this club because it has been an odd 40 years since West Ham have been one at this stage [European] Competition ahead and it was on a budget at good. It’s a small squad, he did a very good job.”
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In that fiery encounter, Rafael Santos Borre’s goal was the only one of the game at the Deutsche Bank Arena, with Moyes’ side playing with just ten men for over 70 minutes of the game after Aaron Creswell was shown a direct red card for a last-man foul .
Manager David Moyes was also sent off in the second half for kicking a ball at a ball boy in the closing stages of the clash, an incident that could see him handed a one-game ban from European competitions.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is also under investigation after footage surfaced on social media of the England international scolding referee Jesus Gil with a foul mouth accusing the Spaniard of being paid and corrupt.
Should Rice be found guilty by UEFA of insulting the referee or officials, Rice would be banned for three games in Europe next season. West Ham can still qualify for Europe next season, although the Europa Conference League is more likely than the Europa League.
West Ham are currently seventh in the Europa Conference League, three points clear of Wolverhampton Wanderers despite having one game left. They are six points behind Manchester United in sixth place but Ralf Rangnick’s side have played a game more.
The Hammers’ last three Premier League games are against Norwich City, Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.
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