David Moyes would only consider swapping West Ham for Celtic if he wasn’t given ample backing in the summer transfer window.
Give Me Sport reported earlier this month that Moyes had been identified as a possible long-term replacement for Neil Lennon at Parkhead.
Moyes’ outstanding season at West Ham
Having finished 16th and only five points from safety last season, West Ham are fifth ahead of the Premier League run-in with a genuine chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
The Athletic’s Hammers correspondent Roshane Thomas has even backed Moyes for the English top flight’s Manager of the Year award after the remarkable turnaround.
Moyes said at the end of February that he had ‘no intentions of going anywhere’, but Phillips believes the 57-year-old may reconsider that stance if he isn’t given the tools to properly kick on at the London Stadium.
“It looks he’s enjoying his time there, obviously it’s his second spell so he does like the place and he’s got them flying,” the ex-Sunderland marksman said.
“The big thing for Moyes is whether he gets a kitty in the summer – that’s the only reason I can see him leaving – so he add to that squad and challenge for the top six next year.
“I don’t see him moving to Celtic and obviously he’s in a fantastic position contract wise and he knows exactly what he wants.”
Moyes set to be rewarded
The Scotsman is nearing the end of the 18-month deal he signed on his return to the London club in December 2019.
That contract includes an option for another year, but it’s understood that West Ham want to go one better and award the former Everton and Manchester United boss a long-term contract (via The Guardian).
Transfer Tavern verdict
Unfortunately for Celtic fans, Moyes simply isn’t a realistic contender for the role at this moment in time. Perhaps further down the line the man who played for the Hoops for three years would consider taking over as manager.
However, West Ham are intent on committing the 57-year-old to a lengthy deal, which indicates that he will be given all the tools he needs to ensure that their European surge is no mere flash in the pan.
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