Kevin Phillips is baffled as to why West Ham have not tied David Moyes down to a new contract amid interest from Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner said it is “very strange” that the club have allowed the 58-year-old’s contract to run down.
Moyes‘ current contract at London Stadium expires at the end of this month, although the Irons are said to hold the option of a 12-month extension clause.
As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday, the London club are confident the Scotsman will commit to a new long-term contract after talks on Friday.
West Ham’s negotiations with their manager have been complicated by the Carlo Ancelotti’s exit from Everton.
This site revealed on 2 June that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright wants Moyes to succeed Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Moyes’ contract situation, Phillips said: “Yeah it is a tough one.
“I do not think anyone envisaged David Moyes doing the job he did and I think it took the owners by surprise even.
“Only they will know why they have not done it sooner but they are running the risk by leaving it this late. I would be gutted if I was a West Ham supporter and he left.
“They have had such a fantastic season. If he left next season would be starting on a bit of a low rather than a high as it should.
“It does seem very strange that they’ve let it run this long.”