“They needed drivers,” he explains. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m not doing anything else, why don’t I do it?’ And I really enjoyed it because I met different people.
“A few times they hadn’t paid, so I had to withdraw the payment. One of them actually told me to keep the change. It was about 70 pence. I was not feeling well. There was a woman who was browsing her purse looking for the correct money, and I said, “Listen, leave it, I’ll take care of the rest.”
“It was great and, at that point, I think when we all went into lockdown there was a fear of everyone, and it was good to do a little bit. It wasn’t much compared to what the real heroes did. “
Back in his regular job, Moyes has his eyes set on Europe, but he does his best to keep it to himself.
“I would love to come here and say, ‘West Ham supporters, get your vaccinations and get your passport because we’re all going on vacation next year.’ But we can’t do that yet and I’m not stupid enough to do that. do it.
“I dream it. I want it.”
Speaking to CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies, the current West Ham manager, is in a candid mood.
As the man chosen to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in the hot seat at Manchester United in 2013, it was still clear that Moyes could achieve great things in football.
Now in his first full season at West Ham – after a brief stint at the club in 2017-18 – he is once again charting the course for success.
In a tradition of formidable Scottish managers, Moyes is one of the most consistent at the top of the English game of this century.
After a few jobs left him open for questions – he lasted less than a season at Manchester United and suffered his first relegation to Sunderland – his side are currently in fifth place in the table and he appreciates the opportunity to respond.
“I think I have a point to prove for a long time in management,” Moyes said.
“I’ve had a very good career, almost a thousand games in management, I would say over five hundred of them have been as a Premier League manager, if not more.
“And you know, having longevity as a manager tends to show that there has been some success, but sometimes on this road you get bumps and bruises and people forget.”
Neither West Ham nor the wider football sphere have been exempted from the challenges posed by the global pandemic. And in September 2020, Moyes, alongside players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, tested positive for Covid-19.
Isolating in his apartment, the manager kept in touch with first-team coach Stuart Pearce on the touchline and, with a delay in his TV coverage, was given notice of the goals ahead as West Ham roared at 4-0 and 3-0 wins in his absence.
“It was even better watching him knowing we were about to score,” Moyes recalls.
For players and dedicated communities of football fans around the world, it has been a time of mutual appreciation, with players lacking in home voice support and fans enjoying live entertainment, escape and distraction.
“Football was so important to the people at home who didn’t have much to do,” says Moyes. “It allowed them to see live sports, live shows, where you don’t know the outcome.
“I think it’s something that so many people need and have lived for. We realize how lucky we are in the job we have to do there, but in many ways I think too. that, you know, it was tough for the players. too. “
Moyes highlights the importance of the work the footballers have done, including money donated to the NHS, contributions to food banks and charities, all in a difficult time to train and return home to isolate themselves with families are their only two activities.
He is quick to say that some players have “crossed the line”, but he is quick to point out that people from “all walks of life” have.
“There are a lot of good things that have come out of football this year,” he said.
“We’re incredibly privileged, but on the other side there has been a tremendous amount of games, stress, pressure and media attention on whether we are at the bottom of the league or at the top or how we are doing. It’s the same for all managers and players. “
In his first short stint at the helm of the East London squad, Moyes took over a team in the relegation zone, leading them to safety through the skin of their teeth.
The survival of the Premier League would normally be a great claim to keep your job permanently.
At that point, that was not the case, and the owners of West Ham let him go after his six-month contract ended in May 2018.
Undeterred, Moyes retrained himself, immersing himself in coaching seminars and UEFA technical committees in an effort to stay up to date, modern and ready in case the right opportunity presented itself.
“I had a lot of very good chances in life,” he recalls. “But the most important thing came when the owners of West Ham – after not babysitting me the first time around – came back and offered me the job again.
“They must have recognized that somewhere along the line they saw something, and I admire them for being brave enough to come back and make the decision to bring me back.”
Now, after some shrewd signings – notably Jarrod Bowen and Tomáš Souček – and good form, Moyes has players and fans who dream of a European adventure.
“Why shouldn’t West Ham talk about Europe?” he asks.
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