Claret & Hugh: ‘Moyes looks like he’s had enough but will he be pushed or jump?’

The board do not want rid of Moyes unless it becomes absolutely necessary at the end of the season

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the West Ham United v Leicester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on November 12, 2022.

So here’s the truth of the David Moyes situation: The board do not want rid of him unless it becomes absolutely necessary at the end of the season. This is the decision they took at the beginning of the campaign. Yes, they had seen him win the minor Euro trophy last term but that in itself holds little sway right now.

At the outset of the season, Claret and Hugh was told categorically: ‘There will be no new contract decision until the end of the season should we decide to do so. That’s the way we have always done it and remember the Premier League situation last season wasn’t good.’ So despite Moyes’ claims that a contract was all but on the table in December, the reality is that he will not know his fate – as far as the board is concerned – until June.

We were told recently by the same source that remains the case with both Karren Brady and Sullivan – who has stuck by him throughout all his period of pressure – hoping he stays on. But results have to improve and one source said it was possible if things start going from bad to worse, he could be gone before the final game of the campaign away at Manchester City.

The other scenario, of course, is that Moyes may decide enough is enough and call it a day. He begins to look like a man who may have had enough of the shouts for his resignation.

He really isn’t that used to seeing fans on his back to the extent they have been and could easily decide that’s that. David Sullivan brought in a technical director to oversee transfers in and out and it’s significant he didn’t give him the title which could upset Moyes perhaps even more – director of football.

He didn’t bring him in either to oversee conflict between the pair so a decision on the manager’s future will be made at various levels. My bet? He’s a goner!

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