Sky Sports’ Paul Robinson has showered David Moyes with praise following the changes he undertook at West Ham’s Rush Green training ground in preparation for their clash against Wolves.
The Lowdown: Back to winning ways
The Hammers rebounded from a string of winless games with their 1-0 victory over Wolves at the weekend.
Tomas Soucek was the only scorer in the clash as he netted in the 59th minute, securing three points for the Irons, who continue to chase Champions League qualification.
As quoted by football.london, Moyes revealed that changes had been made at the club’s Rush Green training ground last week in specific preparation for their fixture against Bruno Lage’s side.
He further claimed that it was these changes that allowed his squad to flourish.
The Latest: Robinson’s verdict
Robinson, who regularly features as a pundit for Sky Sports, asserted that these changes are the “the sign of a top-class manager”.
Speaking with Football Insider, he claimed:
“He saw what was going on. He understood what the mood of his players were and how to get them going again.
“It’s so important to have an understanding of how the squad is feeling. You get a sense when things are not quite right. It is strange. It is like a sixth sense.
“Over the past few weeks, results and performances haven’t been what they want. As a player and as a manager you get a feeling. For Moyes to sense that and to mix up training is credit to him.
“I know Moyes is extremely passionate about what he does. He is a workaholic. He works so hard both on and off the training ground. Every minute of the day he is thinking about his team. He is engrossed 24/7.
“To have that kind of a knowledge and experience in those situations is invaluable. Moyes is a top, top manager.”
The Verdict: Positive signs for the Irons
These changes have illustrated just how necessary it is for Moyes to switch up the side’s tactics and formation every so often, in a bid to rejuvenate the squad.
However, keeping this up may prove difficult with West Ham’s limited squad depth, which proved to be a talking point during the January window. This issue will be exacerbated by the intense schedule that the Hammers face, which sees them compete in the English top-flight, the Europa League and the Emirates FA Cup.
As a result, this is a positive sign, but it may not prove to be a sustainable practice for Moyes.
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