Moyes defends his board as he buys ‘for the top six’
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David Moyes is keen to dismiss any ideas among fans that there is a dispute between him and the board over his signing attempts.
Football, being the tribal affair it has always been, ensures that when things go wrong in the market, the manager or the board take the hits depending naturally on which side people are on.
And that Moyes should be moved to discuss the matter demonstrates that he is acutely aware of the tensions over the situation towards himself and GSBK.
Disagreements were reported between the two sides over the summer, but Moyes has now gone out of his way to tell us that he and the board are on board and that he is getting the level of support he needs.
It’s all good to hear, but I doubt that’s enough to satisfy the outrage we often hear following social media. BIG BREATH.
Look, I think as managers, we all live or die by our recruitment,” moes said Graham Hunter.
“You’ll probably lose your job if you don’t recruit particularly well, not always, but it has a big part to play. So I think it’s really vital to have good recruiting.
“We started well with the Czech boys, now we are moving on. We bought players when we arrived to finish outside the Premier League bottom three
“But we had an amazing year two years ago where we went from fourth bottom in the league to fifth and sixth in the Premier League and we kind of continued that.
“So the level of player (which we are looking for now), we are looking to buy players who can put us in the top six or keep us in the top six. So that in itself is a different challenge.
“But I have to say the club have been really good when it comes to finances, they’re giving me every chance to try to do that. But we keep building and while you’re doing that, if you’re trying to say” we’re going to buy the best boys”, so – it’s my experience that tells me “this is not the way to go”.
“You put a layer on another layer, a layer on the other layer. If you have billionaires running your club, you can say we can spend as much as we want. We don’t have that, so you have to try to do it in a bit of a calculated way.
“I didn’t buy anybody in January, it’s not because the club didn’t want to buy anybody, it’s because I couldn’t find the ones I wanted and we bid very big for the top players. So I’m kind of annoyed when people often blame the board (saying) they didn’t buy and that. Let me tell you they did, they did tried to buy very good players.
“And what I’m trying to do now is buy some really good players to help us become one of the top six teams.
“I say ‘we don’t want to sign a cheap player just to fill a space, I’d rather go without than do it because I’m trying to save your money for what I hope to happen’.
“We’re in the transfer window and hopefully we can do it. But listen, I’ll have to live and die by my decisions and how I do it, but we’re buying for the top six and to be better.