The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by the progress of their side since David Moyes took charge at the club, and recent reports suggest his short-term tenure could be set to continue beyond the conclusion of the season.
The vast majority of our loyal punters clad in claret and blue could be found bemoaning their board’s decision to appoint Moyes as Slaven Bilic’s successor back at the beginning of November, but fast-forward almost four months and it’s fair to say the Scottish manager has firmly silenced his doubters. Of course, the concerns and major doubts of the supporters were perfectly natural considering his abysmal tenures at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland that preceded his appointment at the London Stadium.
Relatively speaking, his tenure at West Ham has been far more successful than his previous three appointments so far, and according to The Daily Express, the hierarchy at the club are set to offer Moyes a two-year contract extension at the end of the season, providing that he guides The Hammers to safety.
On balance, that decision would be thoroughly justified considering how quickly Moyes has managed to transform the fitness and the defensive solidity at the club in such a short space of time. West Ham currently sit 4 points clear of the relegation zone on 30 points with 11 fixtures left to play, but they should have no problem reaching the safe-haven of the 40-point mark if they continue in the same vein over the next few weeks.
If and when Moyes is eventually offered a new contract, it will be one of the clubs most important deals in recent times, as his history at Everton suggests he could install some well-needed solidity into the club and enable them to compete for Europa League football once again.
The current crop of players are more than capable of competing on the European stage, and the manner in which Moyes has managed to inspire a turnaround at the club suggests he is the man to push the club forward, so David Gold and David Sullivan simply must ensure they offer him a generous transfer budget next summer, as well as a new contract.