David Moyes has issued a message to all West Ham fans on the back of a stadium ban issued by UEFA, for our Europa League group tie against Rapid Vienna in Austria tomorrow night.
Coincidently the match will be held behind closed doors anyway as a result of Austria entering national lockdown due to the Covid pandemic, however Moyes has moved to not dwell on the UEFA sanctions, and instead focus on the bright looking future ahead for West Ham.
“I thought they left it (UEFA’s ban) late and they must have reasons why they’ve done it.
“For us at West Ham, there’s too many good things going on. I’m not letting it get in the way of anything we’re doing at the moment.
“I want a new club, I want a fresh club which is going to try and challenge all the teams in Europe and in the Premier League. What I do need is big support behind me everywhere I go.”
Reflecting on the ban itself, which for many has seemed very harsh considering the very minor incidents highlighted, Moyes expressed his disappointment however added that he wants West Ham to be a welcome fixture in Europe in the years ahead.
“I was really disappointed because our away support has been brilliant in the Premier League and away in Europe. We’re really surprised and shocked to hear supporters can’t travel.
“But we’re a new club and we don’t want to go back, we want to be in Europe and we want people to look forward to West Ham coming to play.
“I see Premier League teams who are in Europe and in the Champions League every year and I don’t see any trouble coming from their supporters. Whether they travel to Madrid, Paris or wherever, I want to be one of those clubs who does that every season.
“We have to make sure we’re a club that people want to have and we need the supporters to see that. We have to move on.”
Our Irons face Rapid Vienna tomorrow night at 17:45 – Live on BT Sport. The West Ham Way will keep our readers posted with pre match build up, team news and full post match analysis.