West Ham: Chris Wilder on how David Moyes’ methods have kept him at the top

David Moyes, West Ham manager, will reach 1,000 games later in the week. There are many reasons to be happy as he approaches this milestone.
After knocking out Manchester City, his side finished fourth in the Premier League and top of their Europa League groups. They are now in the quarter-finals for the Carabao Cup.

Chris Wilder, former Sheffield United boss, believes Moyes is doing an "exceptional" job. Wilder watched the Hammers beat Aston Villa 4-1 for MOTD2, but said that "his success shouldn't surprise anyone".

Wilder shares with BBC Sport the reasons why Moyes' methods at Everton were successful at London Stadium. And why Wilder is still going strong 23 years after he started his career in the dugout.

"His Man Utd spell doesn't define him"

Moyes' sixth club is West Ham. In two spells as Hammers manager, he managed 111 games. He spent less time with Preston (234 and Everton 518), and 12 months with Man Utd (51, Real Sociedad (42) than he did with Sunderland (43)

Chris Wilder: David is a person I admire a lot, starting at Preston and continuing to shake a large club from the top like he did at Everton.

His Everton team was given an identity by him that matched their club's - they are now known as the peoples club and have a style of play that their fans truly enjoy.

This is the kind of club that loves to see the David Moyes team. There were three League Managers Association Manager of Year Awards for him, so it is clear that he is highly respected in the game.

He was able to accept the Manchester United job, which was a great opportunity. But, I think he will realize that it was extremely difficult to follow Sir Alex Ferguson.

We have to be real about this, United has not been able to get it right since Moyes. Although they have enjoyed some success, it is not on the same level as before.

However, the United period of eight years ago doesn't define David's managerial career. Because of his work elsewhere, it can't be.

Who is the man behind the manager? Honesty and humility

In addition to their Carabao Cup shootout victory over City, West Ham's victory over Villa was their eighth win in nine games this season in all competitions. They have had just 21 points in their top-flight campaigns in the past, which is only one of their previous 62.

Chris Wilder: David is a great guy. He is not only a good player, but he also knows how to play it.

He is straight forward. He will tell his team if they don't perform. He isn't proud of his team's performance if they don’t perform well.

His greatest skill is creating an environment that allows his teams to be successful. He doesn't play a particular style in an age where everyone is so focused on every manager being the best, but he plays the way that wins football matches.

Moyes is 'thrilled with the 4-1 Villa result and praises the 'fantastic team effort'

This is what we are seeing with West Ham right now. Moyes is known for his hunger team, and that is what we saw against Villa. After last season's sixth place finish, they are now pushing these players forward.

Although he is working with internationals of high quality, he is also a great manager. He has managed to get them all playing at their best, which is an amazing talent.

They have a strong work ethic and a good structure. They also find new ways to win games. He will do anything, no matter how long it takes or whether it involves playing in multiple teams.

"He gets results but not a rigid structure"

Moyes won nine of the 31 games (29%) during his first spell as West Ham manager. He has now won 39 of the 80 games (49%) since he returned to West Ham in December 2019.

Chris Wilder: To see West Ham's progress under Moyes, you only need to look at his record since he returned.

His first game back as manager was against me at Sheffield United in January 2020. We beat them despite having a late goal disallowed.

He was clearly new to the job, but he had worked there before and did a great job. He understood their situation and the steps they needed to take to make it to the end and keep up.

He completed that task successfully and built the West Ham side of it.

People love to stereotype managers. However, Moyes is flexible in his approach to games. He has tried a few different formations with the Hammers including 3-4-3 last year.

His ideas and tactical flexibility are not only impressive, but he is also extremely creative. West Ham is at the top of a difficult division and I enjoy watching them play.

1000 up - "What he's doing at West Hamis spectacular"

Moyes's first game as manager was against Macclesfield at Preston in January 1998. Moyes' 1000th match is against Genk, Belgium in the Europa League. His 766 games played so far with top-flight teams in England and Spain, including his stint in La Liga with Real Sociedad

Chris Wilder: Reaching 1000 games is an amazing achievement. It isn't just the quantity of David's games, but also the quality and variety of the opposition.

His majority of games were not only in the top flight but also at the top of the Premier League.

His ability to adjust, change and adapt to the changing times was crucial to his longevity. He is still at the top of his field.

When you consider that he is competing with some of the most wealthy clubs in the world, his work with West Ham is simply amazing.

Moyes's attitude hasn’t changed. Jarrod Bowen, a Hull player, was brought in by Moyes last year to keep his eye on a Championship player.

He has brought in young children through people like Declan Rice, who has been an incredible person, and Ben Johnson. He is still open to giving youth a chance.

He is also a great manager of older players, such as Mark Noble, who is a club legend. He also gets the best from him, both on and off the pitch.

He is thriving in this unforgiving environment. It is great that British managers can see the value in foreign managers contributing to the Premier League. It will continue for many years.

Chris Wilder spoke to Chris Bevan, BBC Sport.