West Ham United manager David Moyes has been hailed as ‘one of the best coaches’ by his former player, Nikica Jelavic.
The Lowdown: Jelavic under Moyes
Former Everton striker Jelavic played for the Toffees 69 times, scoring 21 games between 2012 and 2014, playing under Moyes for only one season.
After the Scotsman moved to Manchester United, Jelavic went on to play for Hull City, West Ham and enjoyed a few years in China before retiring in his nation Croatia with Lokomotiva.
In the 2012/13 campaign, Jelavic scored seven goals in 37 Premier League appearances in Moyes’ final season in charge at the club.
The Latest: ‘One of the best coaches’
Speaking to Croatian newspaper Večernji [via Sport Witness], Jelavic has claimed Moyes was different to other managers in the league because he would do it ‘all by himself’, and revealed a softer side to the Scotsman.
“Along with Walter Smith, Moyes is one of my favourite and best coaches in my career.
“You know that in England club managers have their many assistants who prepare and do training, but Moyes did it all himself, he’s a coach who liked to have everything under control. He worked a lot with the players.”
The Croatian also stated that the Hammers boss had ‘very good communication with the players’, revealing how personally supportive he is during spells of bad form.
The Verdict: Perfect at Rush Green
Jelavic’s words on Moyes will be brilliant to hear for West Ham fans. With the Hammers competing in the Europa League group stages for the first time in their history, having someone in charge like Moyes is crucial for a developing squad with limited high level experience.
With a smaller squad compared to most ‘big’ teams who compete in Europe, the manager’s accessible and personable approach will be a massive help if the Irons struggle while competing on four fronts.
Having such a hands-on coach who is comfortable with his players will be vital at Rush Green if the mood is low after a tricky Thursday night, with the turnaround to Premier League action at weekends so quick.
In other news, West Ham have set a minimum price for their star man amid further rumours. Find out more here.
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