David Moyes could resign as West Ham manager over the ongoing transfer situation at the club, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
Writing on Fabrizio Romano’s Substack account (8 August) the journalist reports that claims of a feud between the boss and new director of football Tim Steidten have been overblown.
However there are suggestions that Moyes could walk away from the Hammers before his contract ends next summer if the same issues with transfers continue to pop up this summer.
“Moyes could walk if West Ham don’t match his ambitions on transfers,” he wrote.
“It probably is fair to call the future of West Ham manager David Moyes in doubt. It’s been a frustrating summer in the market, especially with readily available funds after selling Declan Rice to Arsenal for a total package of £105m.
“Although West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan stated Moyes will see out his contract (until the end of this season) after winning last season’s Europa Conference League, the West Ham boss could yet have other ideas if things don’t go to plan.
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“I am not totally convinced, talking to sources, there’s this big rift between Moyes and new technical director Tim Steidten, but clearly the pair are having to develop a healthy working relationship fast.”
Game of chicken
This seems to be a game of chicken from Moyes, the board and Steidten and everyone is trying to call each other’s bluff.
Moyes wants British Premier League-based players to bolster his squad, while Steidten wants to be smarter in the market and find cheaper deals by using the European market. The board want to please everyone, but they are surely siding with Steidten a bit considering this is why they brought him in to begin with.
But after some suggestions that Moyes could be sacked with a bad start to the season, this seems like it could be his response by briefing that he could walk out and leave the team in a bit of a mess.
The club needs to figure out what they’re doing and start working on it together otherwise this whole season is going to be a write off before it even properly starts. We need signings, and the manager needs to want them or it won’t work.
In other West Ham news, Gary Neville drops verdict on Maguire and McTominay transfer deals