When you have been in management for 22 years, there are bound to have been some bumps along the way.

For David Moyes, though, the past few months at West Ham have been — in his words — “one of the toughest periods” in his managerial career.

At Preston and then Everton, Moyes had a reputation as a builder of clubs, but he switched to firefighting mode twice at West Ham, arriving both times midway through a troubled season and with the club in relegation trouble before ultimately staying up with a bit to spare.

At the end of a short contract in 2018, West Ham said thanks but no thanks as they appointed Manuel Pellegrini. When that move did not work out and they found themselves one place above the bottom three at the turn of the year, West Ham ignored advice about ‘not going back’ and turned again to Moyes.

This time, the 57-year-old has one more season on his contract to begin the building process of a club with huge potential but which hasn’t been reached in recent times.

Moyes said: “This one has been one of the toughest periods I’ve had in management. It said a lot about the club’s owners that they were big enough to come back for me, knowing that I had done a good job the first time. My history is one of building clubs, picking young players. I have ideas of how things should look and West Ham are a prime club for that. It has incredible potential which is a bit untapped. There are a lot of things going for this club. Do I think we can go from the position we’re in to right at the top? No — let’s be more realistic.”