Moyes ready to manage West Ham remotely after positive
Self-isolating manager will watch Wolves game at home Co-owner hits out over EFL’s ‘unbelievable’ lack of testing
David Moyes will take charge of West Ham’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday remotely if he receives confirmation that he must continue to self-isolate.
Moyes, together with players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, were sent home ahead of the 5-1 Carabao Cup victory over Hull City on Tuesday after returning positive for coronavirus tests 70 minutes before kick-off.
The trio must isolate for at least 10 days unless further testing indicates they returned false positives and they receive the green light to go back to work. Moyes would also be able to communicate with his assistant Alan Irvine, who was left in charge of the Hull game, on the bench, while watching the game on television from home.
Yesterday, West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan said: “We will retest today to see if we’ve got any more casualties. The manager, actually, is in fine form this morning. He has had a slight sore throat for a couple of days, but he’s just put it down to the fact that he shouts a lot. He’s very much a hands-on manager and coach and he is on the training pitch screaming and shouting and he said, ‘Look, I do get a sore throat occasionally’. So I thought nothing of it.
“Hopefully, it gets no worse and I think he has to self-isolate for 10 days under the guidelines. We had them all retested last night with the slight hope that they test negative and it’s what they call a false positive. But since they have all got slight sore throats, you’ve got to think there’s every possibility that they do have the virus, unfortunately.”
Sullivan condemned the English Football League’s refusal to force its clubs, like Hull, to take coronavirus tests paid for by Premier League teams. Sullivan told Talksport: “To me, it’s unbelievable if you want to pay for the test, the EFL don’t force their members to have the test. With the competition at the moment with no prize money, no gate money, the win last night is marvellous but, the fact is, it’s probably cost us £50,000 because we have to fly to Fleetwood Town or Everton next week.”
He added: “The Championship are not testing their players for financial reasons. The EFL are not testing their players for financial reasons. We actually said, medically, why are we in a competition where we’re playing teams who have not been checked? And we, with a few other Premier League clubs decided to make the proposal to offer the teams we’re playing a check at our expense – so it’s no cost to them whatsoever – so that we weren’t exposing our players to untested players.”
Last night Bournemouth agreed to test their own players ahead of their tie at Manchester City this evening, something both sides had previously deemed unnecessary.
Meanwhile, West Ham failed in an attempt to sign Burnley central defender James Tarkowski and are now interested in Leicester City target Wesley Fofana, who plays for St Etienne. Sullivan added: “We are not Roman Abramovich. We are not the owner of Abu Dhabi who owns Manchester City. Even they have some sense now in value and they won’t overpay on what they value a player.”