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West Ham legend Tony Cottee hails David Moyes as Hammers boss ‘gets’ the club

WEST HAM legend Tony Cottee says boss David Moyes 'gets' the club.

And that is why the Hammers are flying high and should aim for Champions League football.

Former England striker Cottee said: “West Ham is a very special football club and the fans want something unique.

“West Ham fans want to see a certain brand of football, a certain amount of effort from the players.

“David Moyes understands that and as a result we’ve seen the sort of performances we’ve seen over the last 15 months. The biggest thing is he gets it.”

Cottee was impressed at how Moyes bounced back after his tough experience with today’s opponents, Manchester United, and further setbacks at Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

He said: “I have the utmost admiration for him as a person and a professional for what he’s done to prove people wrong.

“After doing such a fantastic job at Everton, there’s no way anyone could turn down that Manchester United role.


“I felt they let him go far too soon. There was a panic button pressed.

“Once you have that bad experience, you can make calls on where you go to next.

“It happens to players, coaches and managers.

“But even after all that, he still had that inner belief in himself as a manager that he could prove people wrong.

“He had a first spell at West Ham and now he’s returned for what’s becoming a glorious second spell.”

Cottee, 56, was part of the 1985-86 West Ham side that finished third in the old First Division, the highest league placing in the club’s history.

He said: “As a club, we’ve not won anything since the FA Cup win 41 years ago, which is far too long for a club like West Ham.

“You don’t support West Ham because they will win the Premier League every year. Fans are realistic.

“West Ham want to compete with the big London clubs. Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are all trying to get in the Champions League, so why shouldn’t West Ham?

“If David can do for West Ham what he did for Everton, there won’t be too many unhappy Hammers in five years’ time.”

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