West Ham United Vice-Chairman David Sullivan has stated his desire for Scottish manager David Moyes to remain at the club for years to come amid disproved speculation about his future.
Speaking in an exclusive Interview with West Ham’s Official Website, in which he addressed fans directly to talk to them about various different topics, he had this to say about the ex-Manchester United boss,
“What I like about David Moyes is he’s very hard-working, I’ve seen him at grounds watching players, you know when he was the Everton manager, he was always at grounds watching games.
“He puts a long shift in at the Training Ground, and I think in life generally, the harder you work, the better the results”.
Sullivan, who shares ownership of the club with his business partner David Gold continued, “He is a good manager and he will prove it and I hope he stays with us from many, many years and we win things and achieve things”.
Moyes took over at the London Stadium back in early November in the wake of the controversial sacking of previous manager Slaven Bilic and with the team looming just above the Relegation zone.
Since then, he has been able to lift the Hammers all the way up to 12th position, this turning around their fortunes, evident in their recent run of only two defeats in their last 13 Premier League matches and one in the last ten home in all competitions.
But, as the side left many supporters frustrated with their January Transfer dealings and pressure has mounted on the Board from supporters’ Action Groups, Media outlets began to speculate about the possibility of Moyes departing at the end of the season.
The East Londoners countered this with the aforementioned statement, which read in part, “As previously stated on a number of occasions, the Club and David Moyes agreed a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season, at which point both parties will sit down and discuss the future”.
The former Everton gaffer initially signed on a short-term contract and the possibility of an extension is rumoured to be testing on whether or not the Irons can achieve Top-Flight safety.
With 11 Matchdays of the season remaining this is looking likely, with West Ham sitting six spots above the drop zone and a mere 10 points off the fabled “magic safety number” of 40 points, though nothing is guaranteed given the tightness of the bottom half of the PL table.
Should he remain at the helm in East London beyond the conclusion of the 2017/2018 campaign, supporters will be hoping that Moyes can build a similar infrastructure to the one he created on Merseyside.
Arriving at Goodison Park in 2002, the Scot enjoyed an 11-year tenure with the Toffees, transforming them into regular top-six finishers and taking them to Cup Finals and even the UEFA Champions League.
However, for now in Claret & Blue, the initial goal will undoubtedly be staying in the Premier League for Moyes and they will look to pick up more points in their strong bid to do so away at Liverpool in ten days from now.