By Michael Brown

14th Dec, 2020 | 8:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: West Ham board making 'danger play' that may haunt them

Michael Brown has warned the West Ham board David Moyes is now in the driving seat when it comes to contract discussions.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and Manchester City midfielder hailed the job the Scotsman has done at the London Stadium.

Moyes has guided the Hammers to sixth in the Premier League after their impressive 2-1 away win over Leeds United on Saturday.

The 57-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he revealed last week that negotiations over a new deal have not begun.

He said: “I am in no hurry to do anything because we are going along nicely, I don’t want there to be anything to detract from that.”

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Moyes’ admission, Brown said: “If I was Moyesey, I wouldn’t worry about it too much now.

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“You’d actually be thinking: ‘Right, yeah I want to stay on in the future,’ but getting results and being sat in sixth, he’ll be thinking: ‘Ah, don’t worry about it at the moment.’ 

“That’s how things change, you look at it and think West Ham, we’ll decide when he gets to stay but when he’s doing such a good job, it changes fast.

“That’s always the danger play of leaving your manager out of contract and that’s what they’ve done and now they’ve maybe got to raise the bar, West Ham.”

West Ham have lost just once – against Manchester United – in their last five Premier League games.

Across his two spells at the club, Moyes has taken charge of 67 games in all competitions.

In other news, West Ham have been tipped to bin a £115,000-a-week star in January.