LONDON - David Moyes was confirmed as the new West Ham manager on Tuesday - and immediately put his players through their paces in a training session.
Moyes, who flew back from Qatar on Monday and signed a deal in London that night, asked the club’s supporters to back him after a backlash on social media followed reports that he was poised to sign for them.
"West Ham supporters are a very passionate group, and we need them behind us," the 54-year-old said. "How do we do that? By building a successful team, and that’s what we are aiming to do.
"I hope West Ham fans are going to see a team that is organised and disciplined. But I only want to be involved with attacking, entertaining football. And I’m confident that with the players we have that we can provide that."
Moyes took training with the players who are not on international duty.
"We’ve got a good squad," he said. "They should be in a better position than they are, and I believe come the end of the season they will be."
West Ham are third-bottom following a disastrous start under Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday. Moyes’s first game will be away at Watford on November 19.
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Meanwhile, Everton's board are due to meet on Wednesday with key figures said to be split over whether to offer Sam Allardyce the vacant manager’s job.
Former England manager Allardyce met Everton owner Farhad Moshiri on Sunday but there has been no contact since.
Moshiri’s seeming desire to lure Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone would not have impressed Allardyce, 63, who told one radio station he had not been contacted by the club.
Allardyce, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Watford’s Marco Silva have all been identified as possible replacements for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked by Everton on October 23.
Caretaker David Unsworth is another contender for the full-time post.
Some among Everton’s hierarchy do see the logic in appointing Allardyce. He not only has a fine record for Premier League survival but he is also available.