West Ham United boss David Moyes told the media today that he is “well down the line” on signing a fresh contract with the club.
David Moyes Close to Signing New West Ham Contract
New Contract Set to Be a Long-Term Deal
The Scotsman has had a stellar season at the London Stadium and is on course to take West Ham into Europe for the first time since they lost a Europa League qualifier to Astra Giurgiu in 2016.
Moyes’ current deal runs out at the end of this season, with an option to extend the deal for a further 12 months. The contract West Ham is negotiating with him is a longer-term deal, reports suggest.
“We’re pretty well down the line with my contract. It is more likely to be after the end of the season before we do anything. We don’t really want anything to get in the way of what we’re doing just now.”
The 58-year-old took over at West Ham in December 2019 for his second stint at the club after he saw out a six-month deal in the 2017-18 season.
Massive Improvement Has Brought Potential European Football
West Ham’s tremendous season has left them in the hunt for European football next season.
While the club’s hopes of Champions League football appear unrealistic at this stage, a Europa League or Europa Conference League spot is more than possible.
The former Manchester United manager has been typically shrewd in the transfer market, bringing in transformative players like Tomas Soucek and Jesse Lingard during his tenure.
Speaking about what European qualification would mean to him and the club, Moyes said: “I am really wary of a third European competition, you start to think about things like the Intertoto Cup which was around a few years ago.
“If we end up finishing in that competition it won’t be disappointing – but maybe next year if I am playing Thursday and Sunday I might think differently.
“I think if we made European football it would be worthy of celebration. You are always trying to get more and push up the league.
“We might enjoy a couple of beers if we make Europe after Sunday’s game. But I have got to say that if you are rewarded with European football for finishing high up the league, it is praise for you and it is showing the work you have done.”