West Ham wait on Moyes


West Ham wait on Moyes by Hugh Southon

The Hammers are waiting on David Moyes to make a decision on whether he will be managing the club next season!

David Sullivan has made it clear today that the club want him to continue into the third year of his contract.  The Hammers major shareholder went on to add that Moyes has yet to make a decision.

It was suggested even before the European Conference Final that the Scot would be making his own decision. Moyes himself must decide whether to lead the club into the 1923/24 season, having been under pressure for much of this campaign.

And that is thought to centre on the new infrastructure the club is planning. It is understood West Ham wish to appoint a director of football this summer.

Possibly Moyes is concerned the decision making on new arrivals and departures will be taken out of his and head of recruitment Rob Newman’s hands. Unfortunately it was not an answer to which C&H was offered clarification when we put it to our highest placed source.

Hopeful Sullivan

Instead, we were told: “Who knows, he could resign and go out on a high, but from the club’s point of view he stays.”

There has been much talk of the vacant job at Celtic where Ange Postecoglou has recently departed. The Aussie has left to become manager of Spurs over the last few days.

However, Sullivan implied that he would hope Moyes, like himself , would honour the third year on his contract. The Hammers owner declared that is how he tried to behave in all circumstances,

Sullivan added that discussions on any new contract would begin next summer should Moyes remain at the London Stadium. Moyes suggested on his return from Prague, that he hoped the European adventure would stretch into forthcoming seasons. Not the words of a man who was intent on departing.

As yet, there is no indication beyond that as to what the 60 year old Scot will decide.

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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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  • Buster says:

    For Moyes, it’s a no brainer – he’ll want to continue developing the West Ham team and moving the club forwards.

  • Clive says:

    I always felt Moyes was a long term project manager like he was at Everton. Like Fergie was at Man U. That given time he would transform the club and bring results. If Moyes has been left with the feeling hes just being allowed to see out his contract and that no new contract is in the offing and that a new director of football is being brought in to oversee the transition to a new manager. That or Noble is too partisan to Moyes and Sullivan wants someone to hire and fire managers with no affiliation. Whatever it is if Moyes feels like this would undermine his running of things then I wouldn’t blame Moyes if he walked. Celtic or Everton would probably both snap your hand off to get a manager as good as Moyes. To be honest though the way he’s been unappreciated this last year, downright despised by a few, I’m not sure we deserve him ourselves anyway. He’s a proud man and I wouldn’t blame him to walk away at the top with his stock high. To leave at the same time as Declan Rice the trophy winning captain who says Moyes is the best manager West Ham have ever had.

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