New West Ham boss Moyes makes bold prediction for the future
By Guy Giles
New West Ham boss David Moyes has claimed he is happy with his six-month contract, and says he expects more managers to sign short-term deals in the future.
Speaking at his first press conference as Hammers manager, as quoted by Sky Sports, Moyes said: “I’m more than comfortable and so are they. Managers now aren’t having long-term contracts and I think it’ll be something we see more of in the future.
“You can see the turnover of managers at the moment. In the future I think managers will only be signing one-year contracts.”
Moyes was confirmed as the new manager at the London Stadium on Tuesday after Slaven Bilic was sacked by the board on Monday, with West Ham lying in the Premier League relegation zone after a poor start.
But the length of the deal given to Moyes has come under fire from several pundits, including West Ham legend Tony Cottee.
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However, the Scot claims that his mindset towards short-term contracts would have been the same regardless of the situation.
He said: “If I had taken over West Ham at the start of the season, I’d have said, ‘let’s do one year at a time’. As it is I’m taking over a couple of months into the season and I’m happy to go to the end of it.”
Moyes’ last three managerial jobs have ended in failure, leaving Manchester United after 10 months, Real Sociedad after a year, and Sunderland after a year and relegation from the Premier League.
West Ham will be hoping he can regain the success he found in his Everton days, where he consistently led his squad to the top end of the Premier League with little resources.
In other West Ham news, the club are reportedly willing to sell these players to fund Moyes’ January transfer kitty.