TalkSport pundit Darren Lewis has provided an update on the contract situation surrounding David Moyes at West Ham United.
Having only just scraped survival last season, and some suggesting they would struggle just as much this time around, to say that West Ham United have overachieved this season under Moyes would be something of an understatement.
They find themselves in with a decent shout of European competition and possibly even finishing in the Champions League spaces.
And based on the performances on the pitch, it looks as if there are set to be rewards off it, as speaking on the TalkSport Gameday podcast (37:41), Lewis outlined that the Scot is in line for a new long-term deal at the London Stadium as a reward for his efforts this season:
“I know people are speculating on it, but my understanding is that because they are obviously safe from relegation that triggers another year regardless.
“But given the job that he’s done, the foundations that he’s laid, the plans that he’s improved, the transfer business, the fact that he’s enhanced his own reputation and got West Ham into a European place, could yet, I know it’s extremely slim, but it could yet be a Champions League place, he will get a longer-term deal and expect that to be announced in the summer.”
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TIF Thoughts on Darren Lewis’ comments about David Moyes at West Ham United
You do wonder if West Ham are perhaps getting a little bit caught up in the moment here if these claims are true. Whilst they have had an incredible season, it is somewhat offset by the teams around and above them having less than impressive ones such as Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
So should they be putting their long-term future off the back of this one season? Probably not. A one-year extension for moving them up the table is justified, but anything beyond that just comes across as something of a risk.
It’s still a little too early to judge whether or not this season is set to be the exception or the rule when it comes to Moyes’ tenure in East London.