Watford v West Ham: David Moyes’s 1st and 500th game

David Moyes, the new West Ham manager, says it is time to stop dwelling on his past as he prepares for his first game in charge of West Ham against Watford, live on Sky Sports on Sunday. The game will be Moyes’s 500th Gamecast a Premier League manager. And the new manager has got some advice for record signing Marko Arnautovic.

First published partly on the Sky Sports website and The Mirror football news

The Scotsman has had a trio of disappointing managerial experiences since leaving Everton in 2013, which saw him sacked by Manchester United after less than a year in charge before struggling at Real Sociedad and then Sunderland.

And also Marko Arnautovic has underperformed lately and has yet to score a goal or provide an assist since his £24million summer signing from Stoke.

Moyes’ advice for the Austrian: “Be a team player”

David Moyes has told Marko Arnautovic he needs to be a team player to play for West Ham United.

Before his first match in charge of the Hammers at Watford on Sunday, Moyes revealed he has already spoken to Arnautovic and told him he wants more.

“I can’t comment on the earlier games.

can only go on what people have told me and they didn’t think he has come up to the standard he set at Stoke City. I watched him a lot at Stoke.

“I thought he looked like the sort of player you would never be keen to play against, if you’re a right full-back because of his power and strength and what he can do.

“But he also has to be a team player.

“The clips I have seen at times, he has not looked a team player. He would not be the only one I would say that about. The other players also have to do the work for the team if they want to be part of it,” the new manager said.

500th Premier League game for Moyes on Sunday

Moyes was appointed as Slaven Bilic’s replacement at West Ham with the struggling side positioned 18th in the table and the new manager has been tasked with guiding the Hammers to safety. Moyes will be in charge of his 500th Premier League game at Watford on Sunday – a mark achieved previously by only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Hary Redknapp.

Much of the discussion around the Scot’s appointment has been centred on his most recent experiences, including being relegated with Sunderland last season, but Moyes says the focus should be on the games ahead.

“I could go back again and I could talk about the old days,” said Moyes. “I could talk about winning Manager of the Year three times in a row. I could talk about getting the biggest job in the world or I could talk about going and being one of the only British managers who’ve ever had a job in Spain.

 ”I could do all that, but I think now it’s time to stop talking like that and start talking about what’s coming next.” Under Bilic, West Ham managed just two wins in the Premier League this season but Moyes refused to blame the Croatian for the slow start and instead is focusing on the reaction of his players.

“I certainly wouldn’t be one who would ever be critical of anybody before, but the players have told me what they think so we’ll give them what they need to get better but they’ve got to be the ones who take a lot of the responsibility for what their actions are now,” Moyes said.

“They’ve already come in, they’ve locked the dressing room and they’ve said ‘we better sort this out among ourselves’. I don’t know any manager who doesn’t want players like that.

“You want players who take responsibility, who dig each other out and who communicate and I’ve seen that here. That gives me a big hope because you need players to take an ownership of what their performances.”

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