Former West Ham United boss Alan Pardew has said he would have taken over at the London Stadium had he been offered the position, but has commended new manager David Moyes for his 'tough love' stance towards his players.
The Scot was instated at the Hammers during the international break following the board's decision to sack Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers currently find themselves in the relegation zone, one point from safety, which is currently occupied by now manager-less West Bromwich Albion.
Despite the troubles West Ham have found themselves in so far this campaign, Pardew has admitted he would have returned to the club had he been given the chance.
“Yeah I would have taken it”, the 56-year-old told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Independent.
“It was a job where you know you could tell it was a good board and good players and in a position where they are under performing and as a manager that really helps when you go in because you can then make an instant impact."
However, in spite of his own ambitions, two-time FA Cup finalist Pardew claimed that Moyes will do a good job at the London stadium.
“I think David [Moyes] has got a good job here and I think he will do well,” he added.
Pardew also praised the way Moyes has set out his stall early on, publicly stating that his side need to be fitter if he is to avoid a second drop from the Premier League in as many years.
“Sometimes think as a manager that when you put extra workload you'll have half the group think "we needed that and we wanted that" and half will go ‘ooooh, we're doing too much.’
“And if it's the other way then it's the other way round. You've just got to do what you think is right and I think putting more workload onto that group is exactly what he should have done.”
Despite Pardew's praise, Moyes could not prevent his side crumbling once again as they went down 2-0 to Watford, leaving the Scot with plenty to work on before they come up against Leicester City on Friday.