Report claims Celtic have made contact with Moyes; recent comments aren't promising

By David Walton

March 8, 2021

A report from TEAMtalk has claimed that Celtic have made contact with David Moyes regarding his interest on the managerial vacancy.

The website reports that intermediaries have been in touch with the West Ham United manager. Moyes’ contract in London is up at the end of the season. However, TEAMtalk also report that he’s in talks over an extension, with West Ham seeing no issue with his demands.

Moyes has managed to rebuild his reputation after performing a stunning job with the Hammers. Despite being relegation candidates at the start of the season, Moyes currently has his side sitting seventh, with games in-hand over the top four.

However, for those who want the ex-Celtic defender in charge next season, it would be wise not to get carried away. Moyes has already effectively dismissed any interest in a move elsewhere. When discussing his future recently, he sounded as though he only has eyes for his current club.

As quoted by last week, Moyes said: “I’ve got no intentions of going anywhere. I’ve already spoken to David Sullivan, we’re up to date and things are quietly ticking along.

“I don’t want anything to get in the way of what we’re doing just now. I’m not going to come out and say I’m signing a big contract or doing anything else that in any way might change things around. I just really want to go about the job and try and be professional.

“I am really happy here, I enjoy the people I work with and there has been a great improvement on and off the field here at West Ham. I’m hoping to continue making them better and hopefully, we can start to sustain a level of League position that we’re in at the moment.”

Celtic never seem to be a priority for Moyes when English opportunities arise

Moyes’ stance isn’t surprising. He hardly left the door open for conversations with Celtic last week. It looks as though the most likely scenario for the next few weeks is that he eventually ties himself down at the London Stadium outfit.

And this would back-up his previous stances when there are English opportunities around. Remember, he rejected advances from the Hoops back in 2016 to keep his options open down south. In the end, he was appointed the new Sunderland manager [Daily Record].

However, he had a different tune before Neil Lennon got the job permanently in 2019. He said back then that he would “always be interested in the Celtic job” [The Scotsman].

West Ham United boss David Moyes / (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

But apparently not anymore. Moyes appears set to commit to West ham judging by his recent comments. Of course, he wouldn’t be many supporters’ first-choice regardless.

Moyes’ struggles with Man Utd, Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and his first spell with West Ham have still tainted him. He has never been the attraction he once was during his glory days with Everton.

And whilst he appears to want the Celtic job one day, it clearly doesn’t come before the English Premier League. There are commitment issues there, and for many, that would cross him off the list.

In other news, Ismaila Soro has clarified his on-field chat with Odsonne Edouard last week.