Moyes completely backtracks on new contract claim he made in December

West Ham United manager David Moyes has just made a big U-turn on a new contract claim he made back at the end of last year.

David Moyes has overseen a terrible run of form at West Ham over the past six or seven weeks – a run that culminated with the embarrassing 6-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

The Hammers board are said to be seriously unimpressed following the awful display against the Gunners, and the subsequent walkout from swathes of fans at half-time.

Moyes has a big task on his hands if he is to turn things around now, and it’s such a shame that he’s even allowed this situation to manifest.

We were in such a strong position at the end of December, and every single person involved with the club was flying high on confidence. However, a terrible January transfer window and some shocking results has really dampened the mood in East London.

Moyes doesn’t think the poor run of form has anything to do with his future being uncertain though…

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David Moyes completely backtracks on new contract claim

Two months ago, Moyes suggested that his players may well be be adversely affected by the fact that his own future was not sorted out, as quoted by the Guardian:

“That is a different story,” Moyes said. “Knowing what is happening and with people in charge is important. I am happy to do it and I’ve got a great relationship with the club so I don’t see any reason to panic about it.”

It was then put to Moyes that his squad contains lots of experienced players who will know how to remain professional:

“We have but we’ve got an awful lot of new players as well,” he said. “It is another story. We’ve got a lot of new players who are just getting bedded in really. We made a big change when we lost Declan [Rice], which was huge. The year before we lost Mark Noble and had to find our way without that.”

However, when speaking to reporters about his side’s current poor run of form yesterday, Moyes suggested that uncertainty surrounding his future is not to blame, as quoted by the Evening Standard:

“I’ve got such a good relationship with the players and get on so well with them and been around with them for a while,” he said. “I’ve not brought them all into the club but I’ve brought a good amount in. I’ve got a good relationship with them all and there’s nothing in that. If I thought there was any way it was affecting them I would soon make sure it was sorted.” 

That really is quite the U-turn from Moyes isn’t it! When people are under intense pressure, they start saying strange things, and contradicting themselves.

Moyes backtracking that much about the impact of him having not signed a new contract may have on his players is a sign that he knows he’s under serious pressure.

I really feel like the clock is ticking for the Scot, and his time at the London Stadium could well be finished sooner rather than later.

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