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EPL: Hammers boss Moyes aspiring for trophies

West Ham boss David Moyes has hailed the club’s rise in the Premier League since he took charge at the London Stadium for the second time.

The Scot urged the Hammers to push for trophies having not won one since for over 40 years, when they lifted the FA Cup in 1980.

Moyes claimed the next couple of seasons will be “important” in maintaining the Irons upward trajectory.

He told West Ham: “Let’s be fair, every manager wants to win a trophy. We’re no different.

“I look more at how we’re going to continue to try and build the club and keep getting closer to winning trophies. We’re on a good track at the moment, but the next couple of years will be an important time.

“We’re trying to build a team that’s getting stronger. We’ve made a swift move towards the top end of the Premier League. We are involved in Europe, had a decent run in the Carabao Cup, and we’re trying to get a good run in the FA Cup if we can as well.

“The club’s doing a really good job. We want to be more around the Cup competitions, but even through history, it’s been the top teams who have tended to win the competitions, so we have to try and get ourselves in a position where we’ve got more of a chance of reaching semi-finals and finals and hopefully winning them as well.”

The Hammers have come close over the years but never this close, on all fronts.

They might have had the rare FA Cup run that fizzled out to nothing, but this season has been one of a kind.

Moyes has pushed the boys to be competitive in every single competition the Irons have been in this season and the season isn’t even over yet.

West Ham still have the opportunity to top off this brilliant season with some silverware which every single member of that squad deserves.

The possibility of silverware rides on the FA Cup and UEFA Europa League so it is imperative the boys give their all in those games.

Top four would be great and there is no doubt the Hammers will take the battle down to the wire, but nothing would beat a trophy.

They could bounce out of the Champions League after a season but a trophy lasts forever.

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