West Ham delay David Moyes contract talks after Arsenal thrashing
West Ham United appear set to delay talks over a new contract for manager David Moyes following a worrying run of seven games without a win.
A new deal was expected to be agreed last month but a difficult January transfer window meant talks did not go beyond an informal discussion.
Moyes, 60, is out-of-contract at the end of this season and had been expected to agree a two-and-a-half year extension, taking him to June 2026.
The expectation remains that he will still stay but the alarming collapse in form is not helping his negotiating position. West Ham are also aware that a number of high-profile managers are interested in the post which is regarded as one of the most attractive in the Premier League.
“We’ll get back on it now the transfer window is shut,” Moyes said when asked about his new deal recently. “We’re well down the line and moving on it. We’ll pick that up again in the next few weeks.”
However, it now looks like it will take longer to be finalised with West Ham’s latest set-back being the humiliating 6-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday with thousands of supporters walking out of the London Stadium in disgust even before the half-time whistle. Moyes later called it a “terrible day” and admitted his team appeared to “fall apart”.
West Ham have not won in the Premier League since beating Arsenal, ironically, 2-0 in December, when it looked like a new deal would be a formality, and were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Bristol City.
The failure to bring in a centre-forward during the January window has also added to the growing frustration at the club even though they are still in the top 10 in the Premier League and comfortably qualified for the last-16 of the Europa League.
West Ham now have what would appear to be an easier sequence of fixtures with games against four relegation threatened clubs – away to Nottingham Forest, at home to Brentford, away to Moyes’ former club Everton and then at home to Burnley.
But if the results do not improve with that quartet of matches then the pressure will grow on Moyes and on the club, from the fans, to resist giving him a new contract. Matters are compounded because Moyes has felt under-appreciated by some West Ham fans especially after bringing stability to the club and winning the Europa Conference League, the first trophy for 43 years.