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Moyes targeting top end of the table for Hammers

 

Returning boss: David Moyes confident that West Ham can escape relegation worries in his second spell at the club
Returning boss: David Moyes confident that West Ham can escape relegation worries in his second spell at the club

By Andy Sims

David Moyes is confident he has inherited a West Ham squad capable of climbing the Premier League.

Moyes is back at the London Stadium for a second spell in charge after the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday night.

West Ham have turned to the man who saved them from relegation two seasons ago following a run of nine defeats in 12 matches which has plunged them into another battle to beat the drop.

The Scot, 56, insists he has a side capable of challenging at the other end of the table.

"We have a lot of talented players, so how can you mould them into a team that gives you a level of consistency?" he said.

"I think there were a couple of times this season when I heard on the radio that West Ham had the chance to go third in the Premier League.

"Because of that, it tells me there is a capability to be in a really good position.

"They never did, so it slipped away at different times, but I want to get back into a position when I can get West Ham to, one Saturday, can we go third in the Premier League?

"It doesn't look like that is going to happen this season, but that is not to say it won't happen in the future."

With Pellegrini's backroom staff all departing as well, Moyes oversaw training on his own on Monday morning.

He will have trusted lieutenant Alan Irvine as his assistant when they host Bournemouth today.

"I cannot have a massive influence on what I have got. For me, it was about trying to pick up as much as I can from the people around.

"Mark Noble has been incredibly helpful and the staff have filled me in with one or two details.

"Ultimately, we will do everything we can to get the best result against Bournemouth."

Meanwhile, Eddie Howe is hoping for a change of fortune in 2020 as the Cherries battle to stay in the Premier League.

Bournemouth start the new decade two points above the relegation zone after winning only once in nine league matches.

"It's been a tough year," Bournemouth boss Howe said of the past 12 months, which saw his side win 10 Premier League games.

"If I cast my mind back last season to injuries, we had a stretched squad who battled, got through and achieved our aims.

"But this early season is probably the most difficult I've had in terms of resources.

"I've learned a lot throughout it. Maybe we're looking for a change of luck as we go into a new year."

Bournemouth are unbeaten in the past six meetings between the clubs, winning three, and Howe feels that is a positive factor for his side.

"It certainly helps if we go into the game more confident on the back of that," he said.

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