I wish it hadn't been announced this weekend!

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 20th April 2018

David Moyes says he wishes that Arsene Wenger had postponed his announcement with regards to leaving Arsenal until next week.

The Hammers boss, speaking to the media ahead of Sunday London derby at The Emirates was asked to comment on the news that Wenger had decided to resign from his position as manager of Arsenal after 22 years in the job.

And Moyes, whose side face the Gunners in north London this weekend admitted that he would have preferred it had Wenger made the announcement after the weekend!

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"He's been a great competitor and a terrific manager," said Moyes, speaking to the media on Friday morning ahead of Sunday's game. "Over the years he's been one of the best managers to grace the Premier League.

"He is a proper football man, I think he lives and breathes it. He's decicated to his sport and dedicated to his job. He's a proper football man and he's worked hard to attain what he's done.

"To do 22 years at one club is an incredible achievement. Over the years he had changed the style of a football club. I wish it hadn't have been announced this weekend, that's for sure!"

However Moyes - who has been quoted at 150-1 to succeed Wenger - believes that the Gunners will have to be very careful not to enter a perios of instability, as has been the case at Manchester Utd since fellow long-standing manager Alex Ferguson departed four years ago.

"It's never easy when you follow great managers at great clubs," he added. "So it'll be a difficult task for whoever takes the job."

West Ham face Arsenal at The Emirates this Sunday; the match is scheduled to kick off at 1.30pm.

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