West Ham United have responded to newspaper rumours stating that Scottish manager David Moyes is set to leave at the end of the season over the last few days.
The gossip, which first appeared in the Daily Telegraph, claimed that the former Manchester United boss’ departure is on the cards in the summer, regardless of whether or not the club manage to avoid Relegation from the Premier League.
In a statement first released on their official website yesterday afternoon, the Hammers shot down the whispers, stating the following on the matter and the situation.
“The Club would like to place on record that it categorically refutes the claims made by the Daily Telegraph regarding manager David Moyes.
“There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this story. 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.
“Until then, the Board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together with the Manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the Board. Everyone’s sole focus is on trying to achieve results for West Ham United”.
Moyes, who has steadied the ship since taking over from Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium back in November 2017, has many times made clear his desire to build something with the Hammers, similar to the project he undertook during his 14-year reign with fellow Top-Flight side Everton.
When he arrived, the East Londoners were sat in 18th position and on the very brink of the bottom three, whereas now, heading into the close of the season, they’re in 11th position and were even in the top half of the table at one point.
But, last Saturday’s away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium was their first in the League since before Christmas.
And it came at the end of a tricky week for the Irons, in which they tasted two losses, the other one being an Emirates FA Cup Fourth-Round at the hands of League One Wigan Athletic and one draw, at home to Crystal Palace in midweek.
However, sandwiched in the middle of it all was January Transfer Deadline Day, where they left some supporters frustrated by missing out on the signings of Islam Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou, having to settle for Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill.
Furthermore, shortly after the Deadline, allegations of Racism were made against the club’s Director of Player Recruitment Tony Henry after some of his private E-Mails were leaked, leading to his sacking from his position last Friday evening.
Moyes’ men will have the chance to distract the Footballing world from off-field matters with a win against Watford at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, one that could boost their chances of safety.
Although, first, the Manager will be answering questions from the Press at Rush Green Training Ground on Friday afternoon, a Press Conference that you can follow live right here on MooreThanJustAClub with a Live Blog starting at 12:30 PM GMT.