David Moyes is expected to leave the club at the conclusion of the season. Nevertheless, the club will keep him as their manager for the time being.
This season has been forgettable for the Hammers, who have performed poorly and consequently jeopardized their status in the Premier League.
As a result of their disappointing performances, Moyes has been under immense pressure throughout the campaign, with the team languishing near the bottom of the Premier League table.
In recent weeks, however, West Ham has shown some promise and has managed to secure a few victories, propelling them up to 14th position.
In light of the various managerial changes occurring in the Premier League, West Ham has decided to retain Moyes for their remaining fixtures.
Despite this, Alex Crook, an insider on talkSPORT, has hinted that he expects West Ham to part ways with Moyes once the season is over.
“I think actually David Sullivan at West Ham deserves a bit of credit because they know that David Moyes probably is reaching the end of the line there, but they’ve surveyed the options, they’ve decided now is not the right time to make a change.
“Who’s the best person to keep us in the Premier League? David Moyes. I think he’ll do that and then probably at the end of the season they’ll shake hands and they’ll go in a different direction.”
This season, several of West Ham’s rivals in the relegation zone have replaced their managers, indicating a lack of faith in them. Therefore, West Ham’s decision to retain Moyes as their manager goes against the trend.
Despite this, Moyes has managed to secure seven points from their last five games, giving some hope that he can prevent West Ham’s relegation.
The Hammers are in a precarious position, as they are only three points ahead of the drop zone. However, they have a game in hand over all the six teams below them in the league table.
One of the main concerns for the West Ham owners was the potential candidates who could replace Moyes had they sacked him. Leicester City, for instance, sacked Brendan Rodgers recently and lost two games without him, opting to hire Dean Smith, the manager who led Norwich City to relegation last season.
Therefore, it seems that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side, and the West Ham owners may have decided to keep Moyes due to a lack of better options.
However, according to Crooks, a change in management is likely to occur in the summer, although Moyes could still end the season on a positive note by ensuring Premier League survival and competing for a European trophy.