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

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Matt Law and Ben Rumsby

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.”

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