Small print killing off Moyes


Small print killing of Moyes (Image by CandH FB admin David Pope)

It’s looks to be the small print killing off  David Moyes following his proud boasts about a new contract a few days ago. With no pundit clear on where he goes next could he become Moysey of Saudi Arabia?

There is no approved contract on the table and it has hit problems even before the club’s briefs were aware that there may be one to look at in the future writes Claret and Hugh Editor Hughie Southon.

Moyes’ problem is that after checking with our main source at the club  the title of ‘manager’ will be changed to ‘head coach’ the response was – in CAPITAL  letters – “CONFIDENTIAL.”

That means only one thing. There is no reason to describe anything as confidential if it isn’t going to happen. And it won’t go down well with the Scot who is an old fashioned manager wanting his fingerprints on most everything.

He will have to change the habits of a lifetime in the game as a boss if he is to stay with us as a No2 with power switching to Tim Steidten. Is he going to have that?

The answer appears to be a resounding no on what we have seen of his modus operandi so far at the London Stadium.

Claret and Booze in their own statement on the position put it like this:

There is no physical contract on the table for Moyes, the negotiations to which he had earlier referred were ongoing and not well due to Moyes not accepting the new deal structure as the club fully expected .

Due to the bad run of form,. the board have shifted the negotiations until the end of the season when it will be determined whether or not Moyes gets a new contract offer, a contract offer that he won’t sign anyway.

Tim Steidten was hired because David Sullivan wanted to take a back seat from football operations and Moyes’s refusal to report to Tim meant Sullivan had to remain as mediator between all parties.

This will not be happening next season. Whoever is in place will be reporting to Tim Steidten.

The highlights from Moyes’s new contract show Role title: Coach (NOT Manager) and reporting directly to Tim Steidten with no direct channel of communication to the owners of the club.

No input on player recruitment, his job will be to integrate the new players and develop the assets. KPI targets that he has to meet, the same as continental contracts.

This means that club can easily remove a manager with minimal compensation if they are not performing. Basically, as we have been saying all season. Moyes WILL NOT be at West Ham next season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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