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Neil McDonald believes West Ham United should aspire to follow the Everton blueprint, both on and off the field.

The Hammers have enjoyed a relatively successful start to life back in the Premier League and currently sit in 11th position after 17 fixtures.

However, this has followed a turbulent last ten years for the East London club who were twice related from the top flight and played their football for three seasons in the Championship during that time.

The Hammers have had six permanent managers in the last decade; Glenn Roeder, Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola, Avram Grant and Sam Allardyce.

On the contrary, David Moyes has achieved seven top half finishes in the Premier League since taking up his position at Goodison Park in March 2002.

“I think that they [Everton] are a model for any club,” said Hammers assistant manager McDonald, who represented the Toffees 125 times between 1988 and 1991.

“Over the past ten years since David [Moyes] has been there they have been in the top half the majority of the time. They have showed that with a little bit of finance and a good recruitment policy it is possible to get into the top six and push on towards the top four.

“I would think David is very pleased with where they are right now and they have a good platform going into the second half of the season.”

Neil McDonald

Everton haven’t tasted defeat against West Ham in their last nine matches and the Blues head to Upton Park knowing that they will move back into the top four with a win, coupled with Tottenham and Arsenal failing to achieve maximum points.  

“They are obviously very organised under David Moyes and they have got some fantastic players who give everything for one another,” added McDonald.

“The game on Saturday will be tough but we have been very good at home and only lost twice to Arsenal and Liverpool.

“We look forward to playing anybody at home but they have started well and are in the top half for a reason so, like I said it, will be a tough game.”

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