Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

David Is What We Need -- He's the Best at Telling Players Exactly How It Is

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

David Is What We Need -- He's the Best at Telling Players Exactly How It Is

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Byline: Mark NobleRead the West Ham captain's column every Friday

I'VE played under eight managers at West Ham, but David Moyes is the first to come, go and come back again.

The first thing I want to say is that I am really sorry things didn't work out for Manuel Pellegrini. He is a nice man, a gentleman, and I wish him well.

It's never nice when a manager goes, but that's football, it happens. It's usually quick, but not normally a complete surprise. Results dictate everything in football -- including managers' careers.

In the case of Manuel, we didn't have a chance to say goodbye and, again, that's the way it often is in this industry -- and others.

After the home match against Leicester, I had a chat with a few people in a lounge at the stadium and then, as I got in my car to go home, a message flashed up saying Manuel had gone.

It was no great surprise. Things hadn't been going well for some time and when that happens, eventually the pressure becomes just too great for the owners to ignore.

You work alongside players and managers for months or years and then suddenly, they're gone. Andy Carroll, for example, sat next to me in the dressing room for seven years and we still speak occasionally on the phone, but I haven't seen him since he left.

I really wanted it to work with Manuel, not just because I liked him, but mainly for the club -- we desperately need that stability. The players who were at the club when David Moyes was here the first time fully respected him and enjoyed the way he worked so, for him, it was a real plus that he was coming into a dressing room that was already supportive.

For those in the squad who don't know David, I have told them that what you get from him is honesty -- he tells it how it is. As a player, that's all you want.

He tells you what you do well, but also how you can improve. …

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