The board at West Ham have agreed on a deal to appoint a director of football at the London Stadium after the fury from the fans over the club’s transfer activity, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim on their website that the Hammers are set to see a new, experienced figure come in and manage the club’s transfer business, with co-owner David Sullivan set to take a back seat after holding a prominent role when it came to recruitment.
The major shakeup has been agreed by Sullivan and fellow owner David Gold as well as vice-chairman Karren Brady, but the report states that no appointment will be made until a decision on the future of current manager David Moyes, whose contract runs out this summer, is made.
The move is said to have been made in a bid to stave off the anger shown towards the board by the Irons faithful, with tempers reaching boiling point during the club’s defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict
The Hammers are as dysfunctional off the pitch as they have been on it and this move will hopefully bring some stability to the London Stadium. A director of football should be someone who not only knows the game but has the contacts to influence transfers and get deals over the line which are going to push the club into the upper reaches of the Premier League. However, while planning for the future is all well and good, the club need to focus on the here and now, with a relegation battle looming over the last eight games of the season. Survival will likely see Moyes remain, and then it should be all about the future. Relegation though would decimate the plans laid out, and it is a situation fans dread to consider.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are on the verge of signing a 25-year-old speed machine.