West Ham inside source claims David Moyes to Celtic is a non-starter

By Euan Davidson

March 24, 2021

West Ham United boss David Moyes is not thinking about the Celtic job, according to sources.

The Claret and Hugh blog, who have links to WHU owners David Gold and David Sullivan [Hammers News], have claimed that Moyes will sign a new deal with the Hammers.

Moyes had been subject of persistent links to the Bhoys. Once a Celtic player, the former Everton man seemed destined to take the manager’s job at some point. That point, reportedly, is not now.

The blog claimed [Claret and Hugh]:

“It is believed [Moyes] will be offered a new 24-month contract in the summer with another 12-month option to extend if the Hammers finish 13th or above in the Premier League in his final year of a new contract.

Both sides are happy with each other see no need for change over the summer.  Moyes would turn down any approach by Celtic.”

Moyes in a Celtic Park dug-out: it has to mean something / (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

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What a difference a year makes.

If we were having David Moyes to Celtic conversations in 2020, there would’ve been noises of trepidation. Now, riding high with West Ham United, the former Manchester United boss is a hot commodity again. Given that he’s played for Celtic, it’s unlikely speculation linking him to us will end until he retires.

But it makes sense that he’d turn down the Celtic job at this moment in time. For one thing, he’s on to a good thing at a Premier League club. That’s CV gold dust and if anyone’s aware of the fickle nature of English club management, it’s Moyes. After 11 years [Liverpool Echo] with Everton, the manager’s career has taken a nomadic turn since he left Manchester United.

Looking for some certainty in the world of management is a fool’s errand. A few bad results will turn the next Jürgen Klopp into the next Joey Barton. So, if Moyes is on to a winner at a historic top-flight club, he’s not going to gamble on a move somewhere else.

Also, he’s a bit of an unnatural fit. Yes, he has squad rebuilding prowess, and he’s shown he can be a long-term appointment. Moyes also knows how to use limited budgets, and can plan for different types of opposition. However, his playing style might clash with supporter expectations, and he just doesn’t strike me as an appointment that would necessarily excite supporters at this particular moment.

Not the section who fancy an Enzo Maresca-type appointment, anyway.

Still, there’s a feeling that it might just happen one day. Here’s hoping it’s at a time when Moyes’ stock is still high.

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