David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady are facing a major decision over David Moyes’ future at the London Stadium with the West Ham United boss set to be out of contract next summer.
Moyes penned an initial 18-month deal upon his return to east London to succeed Manuel Pellegrini in December 2019, and admitted following Saturday’s one-all draw with Manchester City that talks with the Hammers hierarchy over extending his terms are ongoing.
But the Scottish coach is in no rush to put pen to paper and commit to the Irons long-term, and it seems like the feeling is mutual with discussions progressing slowly with the club who ousted Moyes just six-months into his first spell at the helm after the 2017/18 season.
With Moyes now attempting to direct the London Stadium natives in a direction he believes will return success to the claret and blue side, though, Gold, Sullivan and Brady must accept that the job being carried out by the 57-year-old deserves recognition in the form of a new deal.
“I have a really good relationship with the owners at the moment,” said Moyes, via quotes by the Daily Mail. “I’m trying to move the club into a way that I see it. Like anything else, I’m on the phone and I speak to them most days.
“I’m not in any big rush and to be fair, we’ve won a couple games, we’ve got a draw and if we got 10 or 12 wins down the belt, and five or six draws and we’ve done really well.”
Since Moyes returned to West Ham, he steadied the ship which had begun to sink under Pellegrini and led the east London outfit to Premier League safety with five wins and five draws from 19 fixtures.
The Hammers’ haul of 20 points over those fixtures matched that achieved by Leicester City, and bettered the efforts of Newcastle, Brighton, Aston Villa and London rivals Crystal Palace while featuring a draw at Manchester United and a 3-2 win over Chelsea.
Those critics, who slammed his appointment back in December, are now looking rather silly. GSB were criticised for a lack of ambition by many supporters, now look at how that’s working out.
West Ham’s solid start to the 2020/21 season with wins over Leicester and Wolverhampton Wanderers and draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City has ensured Moyes has moved onto a 1.17 points-per-game average since being reappointed in 2019.
He is ticking all the boxes that Gold, Sullivan and Brady will have laid out, and would be more than deserving of being rewarded for his efforts in the correct way – rather than repeating the mistakes of 2018 and sacking Moyes on the back of the job carried out to keep West Ham in the top-flight.
GSB, then, must act soon and display to Moyes that they are committed to him and his vision for the future, even if the Scottish coach is publicly content with waiting.
It’s their biggest decision since Pellegrini’s sacking.