‘Moyes looked a broken man at Sunderland… West Ham should have gone for Chris Hughton’, says former Hammers defender

Neil Ruddock hoped Chris Hughton would get the West Ham job

Monday, November 13, 2017

Former West Ham defender Neil Ruddock hopes new boss David Moyes proves his doubters wrong and brings success to the club, although concedes he would have picked Chris Hughton instead.

Moyes is preparing for his first game in charge of the Hammers against Watford on Sunday, following his appointment as successor to the axed Slaven Bilic last week.

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Few were enthused by the appointment, following a string of unsuccessful spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland – who he failed to save from Premier League relegation last season.

‘Razor’ Ruddock has admitted he was one of the majority, and told talkSPORT he was disappointed West Ham didn’t pay to get fellow ex-West Ham man Hughton back to the club from his current post at Brighton.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “As soon as I heard it was David Moyes, I just visualised him sitting on the bench at Sunderland – a broken man.

“I want him to do well at West Ham, I want him to prove the point he is a good manager, but in my mind’s eye I just see him sitting there at Sunderland.

“I would have gone for Chris Hughton. The club are alright paying £20million on a striker or midfield player who is not good enough, but they won’t spend £5million on a manager.

“To be fair, the West Ham fans are a bit ruthless and they can get on your back.

“I don’t think they've got enough men, I think every player has got five per cent more to give and David Moyes has got to find that.

“If he finds that five per cent more from every player, I think they’ll be fine.”

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