Darren Bent has urged the West Ham United owners to reward manager David Moyes with a new two-year contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England and Tottenham striker claimed Moyes will be questioning whether the club thinks he is the right man with his contract running out at the end of the season.
Moyes signed an 18 month contract when he rejoined West Ham at the end of last year following the sacking of Manuel Pelligrini.
The Guardian report that the former Manchester United manager expects talks over a new deal to take place in “due course”.
Moyes also praised co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold for giving him more control over the strategy of the club.
He said: “There is nobody who can get everything right all the time. But I think we are trying to do it with a little bit more design.”
And Bent believes the next step should be for West Ham’s owners to give him a new contract.
He told Football Insider: “I’d rather they give him a two-year deal or a three-year deal to take the pressure off and he can relax a little bit.
“If they’re giving me a one-year deal after a one-year deal in my head I am thinking ‘do they really trust me? Do they think I’m the right man to take this club forward?’
“You’ve got to show and recognise that he’s done really well in this period so give him a two-year deal at least.”
Moyes has won 19 of his 61 games in charge of the Hammers across his two spells, giving him a win percentage of 30.7.