‘No manager wants d***heads!’: David Moyes wants to model West Ham on New Zealand’s rugby team because he says he doesn’t need to sign selfish players to take Hammers to the next level
- David Moyes thinks All Blacks ‘no d***heads’ policy could apply to West Ham
- Moyes does think the team needs to buy players with big egos to impress
- The manager said he has modest players and wants to keep that profile
- Moyes said he had left a difficult time at Old Trafford before his return
David Moyes says the All Blacks policy of ‘no d***heads’ can be applied to West Ham, where he wants to attract modest players who will work and give priority to the team.
Moyes’ squad travels to Manchester United on Saturday, where Ralf Rangnick’s horde of big names will try to thwart West Ham’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
The New Zealand rugby team has a code that means they don’t want any individual who will make everything about themselves.
David Moyes says he doesn’t want egos in his high-flying West Ham team
Moyes thinks New Zealand’s ‘no d***heads’ policy should apply to his side too
Moyes was asked on Friday whether taking West Ham to the next level meant attracting selfish players or keeping them humble, like the All Blacks.
“That’s a good question because I don’t think a manager wants d***heads,” Moyes said.
And I don’t know if you can correlate d***heads with big egos – there is a difference. You can have a big ego and not be stubborn.
“If it’s possible, I’d like to give West Ham supporters someone else to scream for, someone else they can see as a continuous line of us trying to keep it going.
“We have a modest group of players. Very honest. I like team players and people who become part of the team.
“People who are really involved and go to work, scoring goals and defending goals, whatever it may be.”
Moyes visits Man United on Saturday but said he held no grudges over his difficult tenure there
Mid-week, Moyes attended United’s win over Brentford, in which Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide his anger at his substitution. “You’re talking about, what, the best player in the world? He’s phenomenal,” Moyes said.
“The most important thing about Ronaldo is his hunger to play. I see him driving all the players and showing leadership. At the big clubs you always have players with egos and that’s part of it.’
Ahead of his return to Old Trafford, Moyes’ interest in Jesse Lingard is no secret, but United will not sell to a top four rival.
One of the things United chief Ed Woodward regrets is not giving Moyes more time. The Scot says it’s water under the bridge now.
“I don’t think I’ve been given enough time in general. I accept that I had to try harder to keep the job. I have no grudge. I moved on,” he said.