Moyes: We want to go one step further

7 Jun 2023
David Moyes, West Ham

West Ham manager says it will be special if his team beat Fiorentina in Europa Conference League final

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West Ham United are aiming to end a 58-year wait for European glory when they meet Fiorentina in the UEFA Europa Conference League final at Prague's Eden Arena on Wednesday.

The Hammers last tasted European success in the 1965 Cup Winners' Cup, while their last major trophy triumph came 43 years ago against Arsenal in the FA Cup. 

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"We came close last year [reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League], we really did, and this year we’ve gone a step further," manager David Moyes said in his pre-match press conference.

"It’s a big achievement to get through to a European final. It’s not easy to get all the way through when you’re playing in the Premier League too, and we’ve been competitive.

"It’s a great achievement for all the players and the next part is to see if we can go on and win it."


Victory against Fiorentina would see Moyes become the first British manager to lift a European trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2007/08.

"To get the opportunity to get this far in my career, and get the opportunity to be on a stage like this, it’s special," he added.

"To be a football coach for as long as I have been must mean I'm doing something right. Longevity is really difficult. There are a lot of very good coaches out there but, for those young coaches, they have to see if they can do 20 or 25 years in the business, because that's what it takes.

"For me to do something different [in preparing for this game] and not be myself would look slightly odd.

"But this is something slightly different and something more special than we’ve had for a long time."

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