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New West Ham manager David Moyes ready to come out fighting

David Moyes is ready to come out fighting as West Ham manager having told the club's under-performing players to shape up or ship out.

Moyes has already overseen two gruelling training sessions since he was placed in charge of the struggling Hammers on Tuesday.

Questions were raised about the fitness levels of the squad under previous manager Slaven Bilic, with damning statistics showing they were bottom of the class when it came to sprints and distance covered.

Moyes built his reputation as a hardline boss at Preston and Everton, but admitted he may have mellowed during ill-fated stints with Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

And the 54-year-old Scot, who is in talks to bring in no-nonsense former Hammers defender Stuart Pearce as part of his coaching staff, is ready to get nasty again to drag West Ham away from the relegation zone.

"I think I want to be more aggressive now," he said.

"When I was younger it was 'this is how it is, take it or leave it'. I think as you get older you mellow in different ways.

"Probably in this job, I am going back to being David Moyes at Preston, or at Everton in the early days, when players were probably crying at the work.

"If the players were thinking the work has not been hard enough or that they maybe had not done enough, okay, I hope they won't cry if we work them harder.

"Once they know they are running the least and sprinting the least they need to take responsibility.

"Step it up or you won't play, if you don't run you won't play. I'm in a hurry and they need to be in a hurry too."

Moyes is indeed in a hurry to make his mark having only signed an initial contract until the end of the season, something he maintains he is comfortable with.

"I think it is a chance for both parties to get to know each other," he added.

"I have said it often enough about loan players. If you think he is good enough you try to keep him, if you don't then he goes back to his parent club. It's no different for me now."

Joint-chairman David Sullivan has admitted the appointment of the man who took Sunderland down last season represents a gamble.

But Moyes insisted: "I think it's a good gamble and if I was a West Ham chairman I would certainly consider David Moyes as manager, that's for sure."

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