David Moyes will use the extended break in the game to plot the way forward for West Ham’s footballing structure over the next few months.
The manager was thrown into the chaos of a relegation threatened season for the second time when the Hammers finally relieved Manuel Pellegrini of his duties.
And as a result he had little chance to even organise his back room staff properly but eventually brought in Kevin Nolan to join himself and long time No 2 Alan Irvine.
Now, however, he will be discussing the way forward on scouting staff and a long term policy for the club which has been left with just one at senior level although the academy is well off for them.
The big question is whether the club will bring in a director of football and how that will affect Karren Brady’s position as deputy chairman.
Moyes has never fully explained his position on working with a director of football but in the meantime is keen to get the scouting situation sorted out with the board.