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David Moyes admits he will ‘hate’ bossing West Ham from his sofa after positive coronavirus test

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DAVID MOYES says he will hate having to boss West Ham from his sofa tonight.

The Scot cannot attend the home clash with Wolves because he tested positive for coronavirus, along with stars Issa Diop and Josh Cullen.

Instead, he will be racking up a phone bill by keeping in constant contact with No 2 Alan Irvine.

Manager Moyes, 57, said: “I hate to miss games and I am really disappointed I can’t be there but I have to abide by the rules.

“It is hard but it is the correct thing to do in order to keep other people safe. I am disappointed to have contracted Covid-19 but, as we all know, it can affect anybody.

“I haven’t felt ill at all and I hope that continues and I’m able to return as soon as the isolation period is over.”

Moyes and the two players will be back on duty on Thursday, so will also miss Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash at Everton.

The Hammers trio only found out they had tested positive 70 minutes before Tuesday’s third-round tie with Hull, which West Ham won 5-1.

Moyes added: “We knew there was always the possibility it could happen.

The three of us left the stadium quickly and Alan took over, which, again, was pre-planned.

“There was no big drama and that was important because we had to make sure the players were totally focused on the game. It was great the players responded so well.”

West Ham go into the Wolves game pointless in the Premier League.

They were poor in the opening day loss at home to Newcastle but were much better last week in the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Midfielder Declan Rice, 21, said: “We know it’s time to get points on the table. The result was tough to take at Arsenal, we should probably have nicked it.

“They had two shots on target and scored two goals, which was hard to take, given the chances we created.”

West Ham face Leicester, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool in their next four Prem matches.

Rice added: “Last season, these are the games we performed in. We only lost narrowly in the matches at Liverpool and City.

“On paper it’s really tough, but we know we can get a result if we play to our own game.”

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