West Ham: David Moyes still has ‘excellent relationship’ with board
West Ham United manager David Moyes still has an ‘excellent relationship’ with the board, and his job remains safe, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.
The Lowdown: New managers linked
With West Ham sitting 17th in the Premier League table, there have been recent reports indicating that the club’s hierarchy are looking at replacing Moyes.
Italian sources recently claimed that the Hammers ‘delivered a remarkable offer’ to AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho, although it was later revealed by journalist Francesca Ferrazza that the job doesn’t ‘attract’ the Portuguese tactician.
Other names linked with the job include Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri, as well as former player Michael Carrick, who is currently in charge of Middlesbrough.
The Latest: Bridge’s update
In an interview with GiveMeSport, Bridge indicated that the West Ham board are still backing their current manager, despite their very underwhelming season so far.
The reporter said: “From the last I heard, West Ham don’t really want to do anything.
“They’ve got a really good relationship with Moyes and the three press conferences I’ve attended this season at West Ham, all at different stages of the season, he always makes a point that he has excellent backing. Moyes has an excellent relationship with the board.”
The Verdict: Time to go?
The 59-year-old has been very successful in his second spell as West Ham manager, coming agonisingly close to leading the club to the Europa League final last season, but it is now getting to the point where he may have to be replaced.
In terms of potential replacements, Carrick is doing an unbelievable job in the Middlesbrough hotseat, with the 41-year-old’s side now well in the promotion mix in the second tier, currently in third place, just four points off the automatic promotion places.
Sarri also has a very good pedigree, having been successful in his previous Premier League job, leading Chelsea to a Europa League triumph in the 2018/19 campaign, before following that up by winning the Serie A title with Juventus.
Given the former Everton manager’s level of experience, reaching 1,000 games in management just over a year ago, it may be worth West Ham holding off until the end of the season before making any drastic changes, as he is likely to be a safe pair of hands until then.
However, all the signs indicate that Moyes has taken West Ham as far as he can, and the club should look to appoint a new manager with fresh ideas in the summer.