West Ham figurehead looking set for 2024 exit with stay unlikely
- Mike Johnshon
- 07 Nov, 2023
A key figure at West Ham appears likely to depart next year, with the likelihood of extending their stay beyond that point being termed as "unlikely."
David Moyes faced another setback in the Premier League last Saturday. The team from East London suffered a 3-2 defeat away to Brentford, marking their fifth loss in domestic league games and their third consecutive defeat.
Goals from Neal Maupay, an own goal by Konstantinos Mavropanos, and Nathan Collins' first goal for the Bees overshadowed strikes from Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen.
Similar to their performance in the 2022/2023 season, West Ham seems to excel in cup competitions but struggles in the league.
Currently leading their Europa League group, they recently made headlines by eliminating title contenders Arsenal from the EFL Cup just before their most recent league loss.
Despite impressive goals like Kudus' remarkable bicycle kick and Bowen's record-breaking sixth consecutive away goal of the season, the team ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard once again.
Moyes, speaking to the media after the match, heavily criticized West Ham's defensive performance, stating that he would have been "disgusted" with it if he were a player.
"We weren't talking about anything weird and wonderful," said Moyes on West Ham's defeat to Brentford (BBC). "We've found that we've not dealt with things which as a player I would have been disgusted with myself for not being able to deal with them much better. I don't think my teams do that. That is why I am annoyed that I've come here and not been able to defend when put under pressure."
The individual from Scotland is facing pressure due to a notably inconsistent beginning in the 2023/2024 season. Moyes, whose contract expires next year, has new information emerging regarding the future of the West Ham manager this week.
As per talkSPORT reporters Alex Crook and Sean O'Brien, who contribute to the broadcaster, it is "unlikely" that Moyes will continue at West Ham once his current contract, ending in 2024, expires. Presently, the former Everton manager is not in immediate danger of being fired but is also not expected to be presented with a new contract.
West Ham is set to play against Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday, followed by a home match against Nottingham Forest the subsequent Sunday.
Moyes has been termed "integral" to the club in recent seasons, given his role in securing consecutive European qualification campaigns and leading the team to its first major trophy since 1980 earlier this year.
"You look at the three or four seasons that he’s been back he took them out of a nose dive, then he puts them six, then he puts them seventh, then he wins a European competition after being in a European Cup semi-final the previous year," said pundit Simon Jordan on Moyes last month.
“I think all things lead to the stability and solidity and achievements of West Ham, not on his own but David has been integral to that."
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