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West Ham boss David Moyes is hoping his turn comes before the Europa League semi-finals

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David Moys hopes it’s finally his turn to lift a trophy at the climax of West Ham’s march across Europe – and that his dad will be there to see him.

The Hammers go into their away game European League semifinals at Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 down but with high hopes of closing the gap and reaching the final in Seville in two weeks time.

Moyes’ father David Sr, 86, has been there every step of the remarkable journey that saw West Ham lead a difficult group before beating Sevilla and Lyon.

A managerial career that began with Preston 24 years ago is now reaching the heights and beyond of Moyes’ successful spell at Everton, and the Scot is looking to cap it with a major European trophy – West Ham’s first in 57 years.

But on the eve of what is arguably the biggest game of his career, Moyes said: “You know there are other big things as a manager, like winning a game at Preston North End to get to a play-off final.

“Your career has a lot of games, so when you get to a big one, you think ‘it’s great.’ But there are a lot of big games, a lot of ups and downs.

“It’s hard to be a winner all the time because everyone is fighting for that prize. But when you’re so close, you’re like, “Am I on, my chance?” I hope it’s my turn.

“My dad is coming tomorrow and I hope my son will take me to the games when I’m 86. My brother is bringing my father and it’s great that he can see us at this stage. I hope we give him a night to remember.

“If he saw us win tomorrow it would be special and even better if it was the final. He wants it that way and so do I.

“The biggest thing is that he enjoys it and the biggest thing for me is that we reach the final.”

West Ham’s turn from relegation struggler to European challenger is reflected in the rise of striker Jarrod Bowen.

The 25-year-old, nicknamed ‘Arjen Bowen’ by West Ham fans, managed to play with Hull in the Championship two years ago and was close to a call-up in England.

“It’s about taking each year as it comes,” Bowen said. “It was a strange story eight years ago when I first played for Hereford and now a Europa League semi-final.

“I didn’t think it would turn out like this, but I’m very grateful.”

West Ham welcome Craig Dawson back from suspension while fellow defenders Issa Diop and Ben Johnson are fit.

Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner insists his side will not attempt to sit on their narrow lead if they seek to set up an appointment with either colleague Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig or rangers.

“We’re expecting an opponent who will do everything to get into the final,” he said.

“But our approach is clear. From the first second we play for victory with our fans behind us and we want to challenge the opposing defence.

“Our way is to go forward and keep the opponent busy for a long time. We need an even better performance than in the first leg.”

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