Moyes in 'no great rush' to extend contract as West Ham manager

David Moyes keen to extend his contract at West Ham but insists there’s ‘no great rush’ as Hammers boss urges caution over European ambitions despite impressive start to Premier League season

  • David Moyes wants to extend his contract as manager of West Ham United
  • Moyes said there is ‘no rush’ despite approaching the final six months of his deal
  • The Scot is pleased with the Hammers’ season so far but wants to be ‘realistic’ 

David Moyes plans to discuss an extension to his contract at West Ham in the coming weeks but indicated he is in no rush to settle the issue as he focuses on continuing his side’s strong start to the season.

Moyes is approaching a year in charge since his return to the club last December, and will move into the final six months of his contract at the turn of the year.

After the club gave new terms to forward Michail Antonio on Friday, Moyes was asked if there were any talks over his own future, with the 57-year-old indicating he was relaxed about the situation.

David Moyes said he is keen to extend his contract with West Ham but there is ‘no great rush’

‘I’m more than comfortable just now,’ he said. ‘I’ve spoken with the owners a few times and I’m in regular contact with them.

‘We’ll look at things going in to the new year some time but there’s no great rush. I think because of our great start we want to make sure we’re focused and we keep going.’

West Ham will go in to Monday’s fixture against Chelsea just one point behind opponents considered to be title contenders following their extensive summer investment.

The start has raised hopes that a manager brought in to battle relegation 12 months ago could instead turn sights towards Europe, but Moyes sounded a note of caution.

Moyes said he is talking with West Ham co-owners David Gold (left) and David Sullivan (right)

‘I still want to make sure I don’t over-promise the West Ham supporters because I think they’ve been over-promised,’ he said. ‘I want to be as straight as I can.

‘I think we’ve got a really good team in the making at the moment. We’ve brought in some really good, exciting players and hopefully in the next couple of transfer windows we can add to that.

‘I can’t build it and get it that good right away but I believe I can build it and get it good given a period of time. That’s not me as a manager asking for more time, that’s me being realistic.

‘You can’t turn perceptions around of West Ham in one transfer window or two transfer windows. This is a massive oil tanker we’re turning around, or I hope we are, and we want to get it turned around and facing the right direction with everybody aboard.’

Moyes said he is pleased with his team but does not want to ‘over-promise’ to West Ham fans

All the same, Moyes said the start gave West Ham a platform to build on in what he expects to be a tight battle for places in the top half of the table.

‘I think there will be a lot of clubs being asked the same questions,’ he said. ‘Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton…To be the best of what we consider the rest would be a big achievement for us at West Ham and we’ll take it on.

‘We’re playing very well, we’ve done well in all the games and we’ll go again as long as we can.

‘If we can keep everybody fit, keep our main players fit, we can give ourselves a really good chance.’

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