Roshane Thomas has been speaking on the latest instalment of the U Irons podcast, where he delivered a passionate plea for West Ham United manager David Moyes to be named as the Manager of the Year.
Moyes’ men face Leicester City over the weekend in what could prove to be a pivotal clash in their quest for European football, but Thomas believes the former Manchester United boss has already done enough to win the end-of-season award.
He said: “I’m going to make one last passionate plea for why Moyes deserves to be Manager of the Year. Just look at the impact he’s having. When I think about awards, right, I think of the impact.
“So obviously, we all know Man City’s going to win the league, but if you put another manager in charge of Man City, they would still be a good team, they would still be in contention for the Premier League on a yearly basis.
“Put another manager in charge of West Ham right now. Obviously, still a good group of players, but would West Ham still be in contention for the top four? I’m not so sure.
“As we touched on, injuries to key players, not even that, players that have been written off. [Arthur] Masuaku, it’s been widely documented I wasn’t the biggest fan, especially last season in terms of how inconsistent he was – look at what he’s been able to do. He gets injured and look at Moyes being able to have a plan B.
“[Fabian] Balbuena playing well, [Tomas] Soucek doing so good. As you touched on, [Michail] Antonio, we all thought he was a good player, but can he become a consistent goalscorer? He’s scoring goals.
“Look at the impact this guy’s having for West Ham, giving young players a chance. There’s no one, in my opinion, who deserves it more than Moyes, and listen, they should be writing his name on that award.”
TIF Thoughts on Moyes…
The Scotsman is likely to face stiff competition for the Manager of the Year prize, but if he can guide West Ham into the Champions League, then he’d arguably be the man to beat.