Craig Bellamy: Moyes needs to get this floundering West Ham side working harder

The former Hammers striker runs the rule over the Scot’s appointment and possible new owners at Newcastle...


West Ham is a good move for David Moyes. They’re a brilliant club and he seems to have the bit between his teeth again.

He knows this is a very important period in his managerial career and he’s hungry to do well.

Moyes looked refreshed and excited in his interview after taking the job, but now he’s faced with the reality of working with a side that hasn’t been playing well.

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The squad seem a little lost as to how they’re meant to play. They’re trying to counter attack but don’t have the players to do so.

They seem directionless, so the Scotsman needs to work out what’s the best way of getting results out of them.

Talent alone gets you nowhere

They’ve got a talented squad, but their work rate has been nowhere near good enough.

The effort must be there to allow your talent to bring you to the next level. The balance of the team with and without the ball doesn’t look right.

That’s what Moyes has to address.

If he gets them working hard for each other and gets the Hammers better organised then they have the players to pick up points.

Even though West Ham haven’t filled me with complete confidence lately, I still reckon they’ve got enough quality to pick up the points needed to survive.

I’m still gutted for Slaven Bilić, as I like him as a manager. After his first year at West Ham you’d never have seen this situation occurring over the next few campaigns, but it has.

Unless they change their attitude and their work ethic then they are going to be in trouble.

Newcastle crying out to be bought

Mike Ashley wants to sell and has clearly stated he’ll listen to offers for Newcastle.

He isn’t going to put more money into the club now he’s said that and Newcastle fans might argue he hasn’t put in as much as they’d wanted him to in the past.

However, it’s a solid club at the moment with a brilliant fan base and they’re just waiting to kick-off with the right person at the helm. Everyone else seems to have had new owners come in and invest in their clubs, but Newcastle haven’t.

The fans must be thinking ‘why hasn’t anyone come and bought us?’

They’re crying out for that!

I’m not saying a new owner will help them win leagues or anything like that because that’s a mentality that takes a number of years to change.

However, for the Magpies to be competitive, comfortably in the top half of the Premier League and maybe pushing on into Europe they need significant investment.

If that happened and with the fans behind it, then as an owner you’d be thinking, ‘why didn’t I buy them a few years ago?’, and you couldn’t be happier with the purchase.

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