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David Moyes message: David Moyes sends heartfelt message to returning West Ham hero Craig Dawson ahead of Wolves clash

SportsDavid Moyes message: David Moyes sends heartfelt message to returning West Ham hero Craig Dawson ahead of Wolves clash

David Moyes message: West Ham fans were gutted when Craig Dawson left to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers last January.

David has sent a heartfelt message to returning West Ham hero Craig Dawson ahead of the Wolves clash.

But they understood his reasons, which were to be closer to his family up north.

Hammers manager David Moyes, his teammates and the supporters were devastated to see him go. And told Wolves they were getting a top player and professional.

Moyes sends heartfelt message to returning hero Dawson

Ballon Dawson – as he is affectionately nicknamed by West Ham fans. Played a massive role in West Ham’s resurgence under Moyes over the last few years.

The love will be very much reciprocated when he returns to the London Stadium with Gary O’Neil’s side on Sunday. And receives a rousing reception.

He sent a classy and emotional farewell to West Ham back in January as he departed for Wolves.


West Ham’s manager is one of the old school and not known for his outpouring of emotion or sentiment.

But even Moyes has sent a heartfelt message to returning West Ham hero Dawson ahead of the Wolves clash.

He played a huge part getting us from where we started to where we are now. He was a big part of it.

Moyes told the official website that they’re looking forward to seeing Craig Dawson again.

They were disappointed when he left but we knew there were other reasons behind it (Dawson’s family live in the North West. And he was regularly commuting to training).

He’s a good lad and he is sure he’s being a big help for Wolves at the moment.

West Ham showed just how much Dawson meant to them when they sent him a medal for his part in their Europa Conference League triumph.

David Moyes says West Ham contract uncertainty could affect players

David Moyes has suggested that the uncertainty over his future could be a distraction for his players. West Ham’s manager is out of contract at the end of the season.

And, while he insisted he is comfortable with the situation. He acknowledged that the feeling in the dressing room could be different.

Moyes said that, that is a different story. Knowing what is happening and with people in charge is important. He am happy to do it. And he had got a great relationship with the club so he don’t see any reason to panic about it.

IIt is another story. they’ve got a lot of new players who are just getting bedded in really. They made a big change when we lost Declan [Rice], which was huge. The year before we lost Mark Noble and had to find our way without that.

t was put to Moyes that his squad contains lots of experienced players who will know how to remain professional. They have but they’ve got an awful lot of new players as well.

West Ham won the Europa Conference League last season, are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after topping their group. And are ninth in the Premier League before hosting Wolves on Sunday.

But they lost 5-0 to Fulham last weekend and there is a belief that Moyes will depart next summer. Discussions with the board over a new deal are yet to take place. Moyes, however, remains motivated.

He said that he is hugely comfortable with it. he had work with no contract. The contract isn’t important for him.

It’s enjoying the job and as long as he is hopefully getting enough wins to keep the board satisfied then that is what he have to do. Over the three years they’ve done pretty well.”

Moyes believes that West Ham do not need to sign a striker in January. Even though Jarrod Bowen has been playing up front this season. He don’t think they do.

They’ve got Bowen, they’ve got Michail Antonio, they’ve got Danny Ings, they’ve got young Divin [Mubama].

It’s not numbers we need. If it’s something else we need then finding it, having it at the right cost. And getting it becomes a hard thing.

There’s a huge amount of teams looking for a centre-forward right now. And he don’t think there’s many sitting there waiting to be plucked.

West Ham’s David Moyes looking to avoid unwanted Premier League record against Wolves

West Ham United manager David Moyes will be looking to avoid setting an unwanted Premier League record.

When the Hammers welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the London Stadium on Sunday.
Moyes has been in the dugout for over 1,000 games across his 25-year managerial career.

The 60-year-old Scotsman has spent the last four years in charge of West Ham in his second spell at the club. It has enjoyed plenty of success in that period.

Including 675 matches in the Premier League – the third-most behind Arsene Wenger (828) and Sir Alex Ferguson (810).

The most notably steering the Hammers to Europa Conference League glory last season.

Times have not always been easy for Moyes, though, and his West Ham side enter Sunday’s clash with Wolves off the back of a humbling 5-0 defeat at Fulham in their last Premier League outing – their sixth top-flight defeat of the campaign.

Moyes has lost a total of 238 Premier League games as a manager, including 131 with Everton, 11 with Manchester United, 26 with Sunderland and 70 with West Ham.

Former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp has also suffered 238 Premier League losses. But defeat for Moyes against Wolves will see him break the outright record for defeats in the division as a manager.

Both Moyes and West Ham will fancy their chances of success this weekend, though. As the Scotsman has only lost one of his eight top-flight home meetings with Wolves, winning five in the process.

While the Hammers have won each of their last three encounters with the West Midlands club on home soil, including a 2-0 victory last season.

David Moyes not under threat of West Ham sack after thrashing at Fulham

David Moyes remains secure in his job despite West Ham sinking to a 5-0 defeat at Fulham on Sunday. The club are not in a rush to make a managerial change.

And are confident Moyes can inspire an improvement as the team head into a key period of the season.

There is less confidence that Moyes will still be in his post at the start of next season.

The Scot’s deal expires next summer and only a strong end to this campaign will convince West Ham to offer him a new deal.

The long-term uncertainty has raised doubts over whether West Ham will back Moyes during the January transfer window. Even though Michail Antonio’s absence with a knee injury has exposed a lack of depth up front.

They have previously considered Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke and Paris Saint-Germain’s Hugo Ekitiké as attacking reinforcements.

Steidten was brought in last summer and was believed to have had disagreements with the former Manchester United manager over transfer strategy.

Tim Steidten, the technical director, will be involved in lining up potential candidates to replace Moyes.

West Ham sold their captain Declan Rice to Arsenal for £105m and signed Mohammed Kudus, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Edson Álvarez and James Ward-Prowse.

Although Kudus has been impressive and scored six goals since joining from Ajax, the jury is out on West Ham’s overall business. Mavronapos, the Greece centre-back, has not convinced since signing from Stuttgart.

Álvarez and Ward-Prowse have had positive spells but Moyes has not always found the right balance in midfield.

It has been acknowledged, though, that West Ham have made a decent start. They are ninth in the Premier League, will win their Europa League group if they draw at home to Freiburg on Thursday and face Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup next Wednesday.

It means Moyes remains in credit, especially after helping West Ham win the Europa Conference League last season.

This is West Ham’s third consecutive season in Europe and there were mitigating circumstances around the defeat at Fulham.

A sickness bug that meant Álvarez was absent has swept through the camp and affected several players. Moyes said West Ham were tired after claiming a memorable win over Tottenham last Thursday. He has given the players two days off.

Equally there have been misgivings over Moyes’s managerial style for a while. He came close to the sack on several occasions last season and there have been complaints over his pragmatic tactics.

Doubts have been expressed from within the dressing room. And some supporters have grumbled about the quality of the team’s football. The stability provided by Moyes means that West Ham are under no pressure to make a change.

Craig Dawson wanted at Wolves “until his 40s” as Gary O’Neil heaps praise on veteran

West Ham fans gave him the nickname of ‘Ballon D’Awson’ . And Wolves boss Gary O’Neil says he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

The veteran defender returns to the East End where he gave three years’ of solid service before jumping ship to Molineux 12 months ago.

Dawson turns 34 years old in the New Year and has been a mainstay as the Black Country club righted itself after Bruno Lage’s spell in charge of the club.

O’Neil says that he identifies with Dawson as he himself played until well into his 30s – and he says there is no sign of the centre-half fraying around the edges.

He said that Dawse doesn’t need any allowances in training. “He’s not at that point – yet. He’ll probably be offended by the fact that we’re even discussing this.

He often ask him: ‘Are he okay today, Dawse, need anything?’ And the reply comes back that ‘No, he is good.’ he think he relate well to him.

If they do a 3 v 3 he wants to do that 100 per cent properly, if they’re running he’ll do that properly and he think that translates itself onto the pitch as well.

He have a decent grasp on how he’s feeling and why. he think he likes proving to people that he can do this to a high level.

The athleticism and power needed to compete in the Premier League means any player’s longevity in their 30s will come under the microscope.

O’Neil said that while playing at the age of 40 in the top-flight is possible, it’s also a huge ask in the modern game.

“You can see in certain positions that it’s possible,” he said. “But you won’t see too many because of the speed it moves at. Dawse looks after himself, he’s in great shape.

He does everything properly. He’s really low maintenance for a really high output. As a manager, they’re the ones who you can can your hat on every week.

“I’m delighted with how well he’s done and hopefully we can keep him going for some time to come. And he’s giving himself the best chance of doing that.

Maybe he’ll sign a seven-year deal and we’ll be rocking him out at Molineux into his 40s.”

A victory over Burnley and point against Nottingham Forest have maintained Wolves’ upwards momentum. O’Neil added: “The last two home games weren’t exhilarating but if you take four points from every two home games in the Premier League, you’ll be in a good spot. It was a good return.

Wolves boss O’Neil: Hwang can be 20 goal-a-season striker

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil is delighted with the form of Hwang Hee-chan.

O’Neil said: “If he continues his work, his understanding, and he continues to be as clinical as he has, then there’s no reason that he can’t [reach 15/20 goals regularly].

The Premier League is tough, but it definitely can take signings from abroad a while to acclimatise.

“The speed of it is different to most leagues you watch on the TV, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better, but there does seem to be a frenetic nature to the game, and that can take some adapting to.

“Physically, it’s one of the most powerful leagues in the world now, I’d guess the most powerful in terms of speed and the quality of athlete we have in the Premier League which is superior to other leagues, so it can take some time to adapt to.”

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