Michael Brown can’t believe West Ham United are choosing to delay contract negotiations with manager David Moyes.  

The former Premier League midfielder spoke exclusively to Football Insider about how the club are shooting themselves in the foot in terms of attracting January signings and securing players to new contracts.

They are currently 7th in the table and unbeaten in seven across all competitions.

As reported by the Guardian, West Ham are planning to reward Moyes with a new contract at the end of the season as they take stock of their financial status, with both parties said to be relaxed about the situation.

But Brown is baffled as to why the hierarchy at West Ham would not act immediately to secure the long-term commitment of the 57-year-old manager.

He told Football Insider: I don’t see it, I don’t see why you wouldn’t just do it now, I just don’t see it.

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“I don’t see why you wouldn’t say: ‘Get cracking, get planning for now, get planning for the end of the season, you’re going to be with us next year.’ That’s what normally would happen in this situation.

“They won again on Saturday, they’ve got a great league position. How do you attract players to come in January, or players to sign a contract, and you don’t know the manager is going to be there? I just don’t get it.

“They’re a very experienced board that I respect in a big way and they know exactly what they’re doing, so it’s hard to question them. You would say what is the reason why he isn’t being offered a contract earlier.”

West Ham manager David Moyes

Moyes is in his second spell with West Ham after guiding the East London club to Premier League survival in the 2017-18 campaign.

Now in his second stretch at the London Stadium, The Scott has taken charge of 76 Hammers matches, more than he has managed for any club since his decade-long Everton career.

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