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Was Wayne Rooney’s halfway line goal the best in Premier League history? | Ed Aarons

The Everton forward has joined an exclusive club of players to have scored from inside his own half. But where does it rank compared to David Beckham, Charlie Adam and the rest? David Beckham, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard, Charlie Adam, Maynor Figueroa and Wayne Rooney (x2) – the list of players to have scored goals from the halfway line in the Premier League is an exclusive club. But which …

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Gianfranco Zola: ‘Who was wilder out of Maradona and Asprilla? Tino by miles’

The former Napoli, Parma and Chelsea forward discusses his old team-mates, managing West Ham and a six-hour helicopter trip to try a new ice cream Gianfranco Zola still keeps an eye out for West Ham United. It is nine years since the club gave him his first management opportunity and seven since they took it away in the summer of 2010. In total he led the club through 73 Premier League games…

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Football transfer rumours: Hatem Ben Arfa to West Ham or Leicester?

Today’s fluff clicks while there’s nobody there The likelihood of Hatem Ben Arfa bringing his rare combination of sensational skills and remarkable substitutes’-bench-based-looks-of-smouldering-discontent back to the Premier League increases with every passing day, with the Frenchman not so much in the cold at Paris Saint-Germain as padlocked into a cryogenic chamber situated within an industrial freezer built upon the Arctic tundra in winter time. He has not been …

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Wayne Rooney admits Everton wonder goal ‘might be my best ever’

• Captain scores superb goal from halfway line in 4-0 rout of West Ham • Victory moves side up to 13th place as David Unsworth departs on high note Sam Allardyce was a privileged spectator at Goodison as Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a wonderful hat-trick. The Everton captain welcomed the manager -in-waiting watching from the stands with the first three goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory over West Ham that lifted his …

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Sam Allardyce watches on as Wayne Rooney hat-trick seals rare Everton win

Just when it was least expected but sorely needed, Wayne Rooney popped up with his first ever hat-trick for Everton, proving that timing, like class, is probably permanent. The 32-year-old even managed to score the third of his goals from his own half with one of the cleanest first-time strikes you will ever see, which must have convinced the watching Sam Allardyce there is life in the old dog yet. Somewhat belatedly it also appears David Unsworth …

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Everton v West Ham United: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off Clockwatch: Paul Doyle covers the other five big games Relive Everton’s nine league triumphs in The Title Email scott.murray@theguardian.com with your thoughts 9.00pm GMT The mood from both camps at half time? Contrasting, to say the least. First up, here’s Ian the Esherhammer: “We have a keeper weak on one side and can’t kick. A back four containing probably the worst Italian international in history. A midfield that seems to …

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David Moyes accepting of what he cannot change with West Ham’s squad

The former Everton manager is keen to re-employ the methods which worked well for him through much of his 11-year spell in charge at Goodison Park David Moyes was hoping not to talk about Everton but the subject was difficult to avoid before his latest return to Goodison Park. “I’ll tell you this one,” West Ham’s manager said as his mind drifted back to the final day of the winter transfer window in…

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David Moyes tells David Unsworth to carry on as a manager after Everton

• West Ham manager advises Unsworth to take charge of lower-league club • Scot returns to Goodison on Wednesday hoping for first win with new side David Moyes has urged David Unsworth not to give up on management and to consider a job in the lower leagues when his time as Everton’s caretaker comes to an end. Related: Everton’s owner disrespects caretaker David Unsworth with radio briefing Related: David Unsworth ignores insults and insists only Everton defeats

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David Moyes’ liking for running and shouting has stirring outcome | Barney Ronay

Back-to-basics approach by new manager may have found traces of West Ham’s missing spark in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City Well, there’s something new. With 55 minutes gone and West Ham’s players showing vim and fight on the pitch the home crowd at the London stadium could be seen up on its feet, waving its arms and sending a sustained chorus of “David Moyes’ claret and blue army” rolling around this vast, chilly, cantilevered bowl. As moments of ignition go…

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Cheikhou Kouyaté steadies West Ham ship after Leicester goal threatens mutiny

David Moyes could reflect on his first experience of the London Stadium with a measure of fondness. It was a night of frustration in one sense, bearing in mind that West Ham’s bluntness when they went in search of a late winning goal left them in the bottom three and without a victory since September, but it was a relief for the Scot to hear his new fans bellow his name throughout the second half. …

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West Ham United v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the Friday night match at the London Stadium Live scores: look in on the other Friday night games in Europe Email paul.doyle@theguardian.com . Tweet @Paul_Doyle 8.35pm GMT 35 min : A Leicester raid breaks down, giving West ham a rare counter-attacking opportunity. Lanzini leads the charge … and gets all the way to the edge of the Leicester area, but then fails to unload a shot before being crowded out. 8.34pm GMT 34 min : Vardy flashes a low ball across the …

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It’s easy to want West Ham’s board out but would their exit improve the club?

Many big clubs have fallen into the wilderness through having the wrong people in charge. As a West Ham fan I am giving the board until the end of the season to show they can take things forward West Ham’s board really do divide opinions and cause many an argument online and down the pub. If social media is to be believed, they are a toxic influence at West Ham and need to be removed as soon as possible. Twitter gives …

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Prospering promoted sides precipitated Premier League clubs’ rush to sack | Paul Wilson

Five clubs in mid-table last season have sacked their managers, in part because Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle do not look like relegation fodder – and Sunderland’s woes show what the drop could mean Five Premier League managers have lost their jobs so far this season before we are a third of the way in, and looking at the bottom three in particular the figure could still rise again before Christmas. To put that into context, this time …

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West Ham fans urged to stop calling 999 to complain about team’s performances

• Essex police tweet message to disgruntled Hammers supporters • West Ham in relegation zone after defeat to Watford on Sunday West Ham United fans have been warned to stop calling 999 to complain about their team. The side suffered a 2-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday in David Moyes’s first match in charge, with goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison settling the match at Vicarage Road. Related: West Ham’s Andy Carroll leaves his mark on Watford but barely troubles…

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West Ham’s Andy Carroll leaves his mark on Watford but barely troubles the match | Simon Burnton

Back after a six-week absence, Andy Carroll contributed little to the game other than fouls and was told he was not fit to wear West Ham’s shirt by fans With seven seconds on the clock Andy Carroll rose to challenge Marvin Zeegelaar for a high ball and left the Watford debutant on the floor, his nose bleeding. It had not taken long for the forward to make an impression on…

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David Moyes pleads for unity at West Ham as fans turn on club hierarchy

• Chants of ‘sack the board’ heard as Moyes’ loses first game in charge to Watford • Manager hits out at ‘players with big reputations’ David Moyes has appealed for unity among West Ham United supporters after watching his new team slump to a 2-0 defeat at Watford in his first match, leaving them marooned in the relegation zone. A number of fans made their feelings known throughout the game, with Will Hughes’s opening goal in the…

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Watford brush West Ham aside to show David Moyes scale of the task he faces

If David Moyes had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier League will not be among the biggest challenges of his career, then the manner of this defeat must surely act as a major wake-up call. Aside from a 10-minute spell either side of half-time in his 500th Premier League match as a manager Moyes saw his new side totally outplayed by a Watford team brimming with confidence …

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Watford v West Ham United: Premier League – as it happened

David Moyes’s tenure at West Ham began with defeat by an impressive Watford side as Will Hughes scored his first top-flight goal and Richarlison added a second 6.23pm GMT Related: Watford’s win shows David Moyes scale of task he faces at West Ham 6.03pm GMT Watford were much the better side with the goalscorers Will Hughes and Richarlison both so impressive, the wing-backs Marvin Zeegelaar and Kiko Femenia excellent and …

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David Moyes insists West Ham is not his last chance in management

• New manager looks to halt club’s slump at Watford • Stuart Pearce ‘will play a big role’, says Moyes David Moyes has denied that taking over from Slaven Bilic at West Ham represents his last chance in football management and the Scot is confident he can arrest a slump that has left his new side in the relegation zone. Before Sunday’s trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road Moyes pledged to tackle the indiscipline that has undermined West …

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David Moyes urges Marko Arnautovic to up his game for West Ham

• Austrian has been big disappointment since signing from Stoke City for £24m • ‘If you don’t run for the team, then you don’t play either,’ manager said Marko Arnautovic faces a fight to prove he has a future at West Ham after David Moyes warned the club’s record signing that he will not pick him until he becomes a team player. The Austrian has been a big disappointment since his £24…

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Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson

The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigour They say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, …

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West Ham’s David Moyes appoints Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as assistants

• Moyes boss brings back former assistant Irvine and ex-West Ham player Pearce • Sunderland coach Billy McKinlay set to follow “in the coming days” West Ham manager David Moyes has filled out his backroom staff by appointing Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as assistants, with Sunderland coach Billy McKinlay set to follow in the coming days. Moyes was confirmed as the Hammers manager last week after Slaven Bilic was sacked, despite significant adverse reaction from the…

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David Moyes assures Javier Hernández he has a future at West Ham

• Manager rarely picked the striker during his reign at Manchester United • Mexico international sustained suspected hamstring injury on Friday David Moyes has moved to allay Javier Hernández’s possible fear of being excluded at West Ham as he was at Manchester United – though the Mexican’s first appearance for the Hammers under Moyes could be delayed by injury. Hernández has played more first-team football this season than he did in the whole of Moyes’s one incomplete campaign as manager …

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If the Premier League is so strong, why are the promoted sides doing so well? | Paul Wilson

Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle are surpassing expectations and are showing clubs such as Everton and West Ham how it should be done When Pep Guardiola suggested an English team could win the Champions League the other day he was asked if he did not consider the intensity of the Premier League a potential problem. Intensity being the word normally used to promote the idea that the English league is somehow tougher and more demanding than other leagues around …

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David Moyes vows to take a hard line as West Ham United’s new manager

• No more Mr Nice Guy, says successor to Slaven Bilic • At Preston players were probably crying at the work, Moyes adds David Moyes struck a positive and defiant tone as he insisted that West Ham United had taken a “good gamble” by appointing him and warned his new players not to cry about how much he will make them run in training. After claiming that the squad he has inherited …

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David Moyes and West Ham both searching for their redemption stories | Barney Ronay

The idea of unveiling David Moyes on a gloomy November afternoon wasn’t in the London Stadium brochure but both West Ham and their new manager are in need of rebuilding From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. For David Moyes the last three years have been a curious kind of journey. Through the fag-end of an empire at Manchester United, to Real Sociedad and the sack, to Sunderland and relegation, Moyes has strode past the …

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