Report: West Ham expect new deal for figure who creates ‘special atmosphere’ on Friday
West Ham United expect manager David Moyes will sign a new, three-year contract on Friday, according to The Telegraph.
Moyes was on the brink of putting pen to paper on Thursday night to end speculation of returning to Everton. The Scot had been lined up as a potential candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti, eight years after leaving Goodison Park.
Moyes spent 11 years on Merseyside between 2002 and 2013 before succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. He lasted less than a year at Old Trafford before jobs with Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham.
The Hammers returned to Moyes in 2019 after a poor start to the campaign under his replacement, Manuel Pellegrini. He led the club to safety that term before claiming the Irons’ second-best Premier League finish of sixth last season.
West Ham will now embark on a European tour in the Europa League next term, their first since 2016/17. Astra Giurgiu eliminated them in the play-off round that season but will enter the 2020/21 edition in the Group Stage.
Moyes has given West Ham a verbal commitment to sign a new contract, The Athletic report. The Telegraph also add the Hammers will begin a recruitment drive to strengthen the team further once terms are finalised.
TBR’s view: Moyes to build on West Ham success
West Ham brought Moyes back toward the end of 2019 to keep the club in the Premier League. Few would have expected that 18-months later, they would qualify for the Europa League.
Now, Moyes will be expected to build on West Ham’s successes of last season by progressing in the Europa League. The Hammers will also want to get further in the domestic cups, than the FA Cup fifth round and EFL Cup fourth round.
What has helped Moyes turn things around so quickly and so well at West Ham is the belief he installs in players. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lauds the ‘special atmosphere’ he created at Everton, where players bounded together for the good of the club.
That has clearly been the case at the London Stadium, where players like Jesse Lingard have accepted transfers because of Moyes and what he does for them.
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