Erik ten Hag says he has great admiration for David Moyes and his bravery in trying to follow Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
The 60-year-old was given the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary manager at Old Trafford a decade ago, but was sacked with four Premier League games remaining in his first season in charge after Champions League qualification became a mathematical impossibility.
The Scot’s time at Old Trafford will forever be a blotch on his impressive managerial CV, but he has done well to restore pride with his success over two spells at West Ham.
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Moyes now faces another tough test in trying to keep the Hammers in the Premier League this season, and ahead of their meeting with United, Ten Hag was asked if he’s glad it wasn’t him who was tasked with trying to replace Ferguson.
“It is hypothetical, so you never know, but it is quite clear that when you have to succeed Sir Alex, that is a big challenge and a really difficult job to do.,” Ten Hag told reporters.
“He did it and had the bravery to do it, that is why I admire him. He is also that long in the job already with many clubs in the Premier League. He is a great manager with a lot of skills. I know my team has to be at their best on Sunday, and we have to play our maximum if we want to get the result we need, which is a win.”