David Moyes was notably coy about discussing his abysmal spell as Manchester United manager during the 2013/14 campaign upon being appointed by West Ham United on Tuesday.
The Scot was handed the reigns following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and, in a period of unprecedented misery and flimsiness throughout the side, took Man United to record lows in the Premier League in a matter of months.
He was duly given his marching orders in April 2014 and has since managed Real Sociedad, taking them near the relegation zone, before relegating Sunderland last season.
And Moyes, speaking to West Ham’s official website, noted that he had a point to prove whilst noting that his time at United was “well documented”.
“Yes, I think I do [have a point to prove],” he said. “I’ve managed five clubs since starting out nearly 20 years ago, starting at Preston and then going to Everton.”
“My period at Manchester United is well documented and I then did something I have always wanted to do by experiencing management abroad, with Real Sociedad.
“It’s only been the last job [at Sunderland] where I feel it wasn’t a good move and I didn’t enjoy the experience. So I’m hungry to make sure I get things right now. I don’t know any manager who hasn’t gone through negative periods, especially in the game today. I hope it gives me great strength and understanding of what is required.
“The focus here is purely between now and the end of the season. The first thing is to win the next game and build from there, and I’m sure we will be in a much stronger position before long.”
By “well documented” Moyes means that his ten month stint at Old Trafford was essentially one of the most internationally recognised, fleshed out, universally laughed at, unequivocally demoralising episodes of failure witnessed in the 21st century – even worse than when Madonna fell down all those stairs – and that the whole thing has probably left an indelible stamp on his consciousness forever.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that nothing has gone his way ever since, well, winning the Community Shield, I guess, with his latest gig at the Stadium of Light an especially awful arrangement.
And with tensions at West Ham escalating, in that soulless, empty bowl also known as the London Stadium, you can only imagine that poor David is in store for more chagrin over the next few months.