David Moyes exit from West Ham United on Thursday could be on the cards amid fresh Celtic speculation
David Moyes is set to lead West Ham out on Wednesday night in Prague for the UEFA Conference League final in what might be his final game for the club, according to Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna on 5 June.
It has been reported that Celtic are eyeing Moyes as a replacement for Ange Postecoglou who was announced as the new Tottenham manager on 6 June.
If Moyes is to leave West Ham following the conclusion of their UEFA Conference League campaign, the Hammers’ leading candidate to replace the Scotsman will be Brendan Rodgers with Paulo Fonseca also on their list.
Moyes arrived at the London Stadium for his second spell in charge of the club in December 2019 after previously managing the club between November 2017 and May 2018.
He led the club to a sixth-placed finish during the 2020/21 campaign and took his side to the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final during the following season while finishing seventh in the Premier League.
This season the Hammers have struggled in the league, finishing 14th, however, have a chance to win a European trophy on Wednesday night after reaching the UEFA Conference League final where they will play Fiorentina.
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The perfect goodbye?
If Celtic are to come calling, the job may be too tempting for Moyes to turn down given his connection to the club having previously played for the Glasgow giants.
The opportunity to manage arguably the biggest club in his native country will be tough to resist, however, if the move is to materialise, Moyes has the perfect chance to solidify himself as a West Ham legend and say goodbye on a high on Wednesday night.
A European trophy as well as two top-seven Premier League finishes and a European semi-final would surely secure his position as one of the club’s greatest-ever managers and certainly the greatest of the modern era.
However, to do that, his side must first get past a tough opposition in Fiorentina. The match certainly won’t be straightforward, but with this being potentially captain Declan Rice and perhaps now Moyes’ last games at the club, the motivation and incentive will certainly be there.
Whatever happens in the final, if Moyes is to leave, he can certainly leave with his head held high after his second West Ham tenure.