David Moyes looks at new jobs to apply for amid West Ham United sack decision
Frank McAvennie has been told that David Moyes is planning to apply for the manager’s job for the United States national team which may throw his future into real doubt again.
West Ham ended their 43-year wait for a major trophy with a memorable 2-1 win over Fiorentina at the Fortuna Arena in Prague [7 June], lifting their first major honour since 1980, despite a disappointing campaign in the Premier League and finishing 14th – making his position as boss uncertain.
Moyes has been previously linked to the Celtic job after Ange Postecoglu’s departure to join Tottenham Hotspur, and according to the Daily Mail [12 June], the Hammers boss was tempted to relocate following calls for him to be sacked weeks before the final.
The European win may well have saved Moyes’ West Ham job after Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth revealed on Saturday morning [10 June] that the Scottish manager was expected to stay at the London Stadium after a decision was made by Sullivan on Moyes’ future.
But, with no confirmation officially given by West Ham United, it is unclear whether Moyes will be in the dugout for their first game of the season against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on 12 August.
And in a new rumour mill surrounding Moyes’ immediate future, McAvennie revealed he heard talk that the former Manchester United boss could be planning his next move away from the London Stadium.
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“It depends on what jobs are out there for him,” he told West Ham Zone.
“Someone told me he was planning to apply for the manager’s job for America. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know.“
It certainly seems as if the Hammers’ memorable win in Prague has swayed the decision of the West Ham United board after Moyes’ position looked absolutely in jeopardy well before the Euro final.
The former Manchester United boss could have been forgiven for jumping ship at the first opportunity especially when things got so toxic after their 5-1 humbling against Newcastle United on 5 April. That game looked to be Moyes’ last in charge but for a change of heart by Sullivan.
However, McAvennie’s comment will certainly leave some food for thought for the West Ham United faithful in that Moyes’ future at the club may not be set in stone after all.
It remains to be seen whether the Scottish manager will be looking at an international despite it potentially proving the ideal opportunity at this stage of his career, and the lull of the USMNT certainly is strong given the plethora of young talents they possess right now, especially in recent transfer target Folarin Balogun.
But given West Ham’s rather disastrous Premier League campaign last term, Moyes would feel he has unfinished business in the English top flight and something to build from after their European success.
He certainly holds a huge job on his hands to ensure that last season’s disastrous Premier League campaign doesn’t happen again, and the summer activities will play a huge part in that. Also, can Moyes finally evolve his style which could see West Ham become a more proactive attacking unit?
That’s the burning question surrounding this recent sack decision but taking McAvennie’s comments into account, stranger things have happened in football.