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    Joe Jones: It may not be pretty but David Moyes will drag West Ham back up the Premier League table

    West Ham's appointment of David Moyes has largely been met with derision (by opposition fans) and anguish (by Hammers fans).

    And in all fairness, his CV at present is pretty woeful. Sure, he did well enough at Everton, but he didn't win any trophies and, even though they finished in the Champions League places in 2005, they failed to reach the group stage (and were then knocked out of the UEFA Cup at the first hurdle).

    Moyes's subsequent spell as Sir Alex Ferguson's protege didn't even last a year when the Red Devils gave him the boot in what amounted to an exercise in damage limitation.

    Tail between his legs, Moyes went off to Spain and took charge of Real Sociedad, but apart from a win over a dominant Barcelona side, it wasn't a fruitful spell overall and soon enough he was fired with the club sitting 16th in La Liga.

    And then came the Sunderland job, which again lasted less than 12 months, and in this instance resulted in a feeble attempt to stay up in the Premier League, eventually finishing rock bottom of the table on 24 points - 16 from safety.

    So it's no surprise that Moyes's reputation has taken a bit of a battering and that his appointment at West Ham is viewed with such derision. Even Stormzy, a Man United fan, couldn't help but have a dig at the Scot in "Know Me From" with the line "I come to your team and I f**k s**t up... I'm David Moyes!"

    But truthfully, has Moyes truly degenerated as a manager since his Everton days, or has he just been the victim of bad decisions and bad luck?

    Take the Man United job. To have been personally anointed by Fergie as the man to continue from his splendid work at Old Trafford would have heaped an unimaginable amount of pressure on anybody, never mind a relatively young coach who had never managed at such a stratospheric level.

    United fans have engorged on success for decades and expectations were sky high, but the team was in need of renovation and that transfer window didn't go to plan, so is it much of a surprise that a young manager in charge of a team in transition, reeling from the retirement of their greatest manager of all time and with expectations still high would fail to live up to these standards?

    But with United's status as a huge, global brand, action needed to be taken - Moyes could not have been afforded time to learn the ropes as Fergie had been decades earlier.

    Next, the Real Sociedad job. Over the years, British managers have generally had little success in Spain - Chris Coleman famously floundered at Anoeta, and let's not talk about Gary Neville's spell at Valencia. Different country, language, culture (football and otherwise), but he still managed to hold the job for just under a year.

    And then Sunderland, a team whose woes have been well documented and who have been on a downward trajectory for years. Dick Advocaat, one of the most experienced managers in world football, and Sam Allardyce, a specialist in relegation dogfights, only just managed to keep them up.

    Moyes was unlucky to have been handed the reins when things had got even worse and, right from the off, was hamstrung with regards to having virtually no budget to arrest their slide - and given how bad they're doing now in the Championship, it's obvious that the common denominator is the club, rather than all the managers who have taken the poisoned chalice.

    So, here we are, with Moyes taking charge at a West Ham side in need of invigorating from a fitness perspective and a mental perspective - the forwards need to get firing again, the defenders need to be more disciplined, and the January window will need to be utilised shrewdly.

    So the main question is - what can Moyes genuinely bring to the table?

    Well, we cannot forget his impressive spells at Preston and Everton, the clubs where he made his name, was given time, expectations were not ridiculously high, and there wasn't deep-seated rot within the clubs themselves.

    At Preston, Moyes, dragged the team from the depths of Division Two to the upper reaches of Division One. At Everton, he failed to achieve a top-half finish only twice in 11 years despite a limited budget, was voted LMA Manager of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

    Crucially, Moyes is known for being a manager with a knack of pushing his players hard and setting his teams up to be well organised and boasting tactical discipline, mental resolve and generally being hard to beat - which is what West Ham need at the minute.

    West Ham boast an array of good players who should be in mid-table at the very least, and it's up to Moyes to get them believing in themselves again and to play as a resolute side which should result in a slow but steady rise up the table.

    In addition, the Hammers board is likely to make funds available to Moyes to strengthen in January, so even though it may not be the prettiest ride, the job at the minute is to pull away from danger, and the Scot should be able to pull this off - let's not forget he knows the Ptemier League inside out, so would an individual with no experience of the English top flight - a Frank de Boer perhaps - have genuinely been better?

    On top of those points, Moyes is well aware that his stock is at an all-time low and is eager to repair it by guiding West Ham to safety and, even though his contract is only until the end of the season - a probation, perhaps? - he is also not afraid to bring in youngsters and set up foundations which, if he impresses this season, could be given carte blanche to do in future.

    So in a nutshell, Moyes's reputation may be tarnished, but West Ham seems like the right place for him to make a comeback, by dragging the team in the right direction.

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