West Ham insider's verdict on how David Moyes would view Celtic approach

By David Walton

March 18, 2021

A West Ham United club insider believes that David Moyes would be “tempted” by an approach from Celtic, but ultimately thinks he’ll stay in London.

Moyes’ stock is on the rise once again. After a troubling few years with the likes of Man Utd, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland respectively, David has found his feet again. Taking over for a second spell at West Ham, he guided them to Premier League safety after previous boss Manuel Pellegrini left them just one point ahead of the drop zone when he left last season.

This year, however, Moyes is finding new heights again. West Ham are three points behind the top four with a game in hand. He’s had wins over the likes of Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester this term to add to his success.

Two weeks ago, TEAMtalk reported that Celtic had made contact with Moyes regarding potentially replacing Neil Lennon in the summer. However, whilst club insider ExWHUemployee believes Moyes would be intrigued, he ultimately believes it’s something the manager would decline.

Speaking on fan podcast the West Ham Way (March 17), the in-the-know figure said the following when asked if they were in danger of losing their manager:

“I don’t think so. I think he wants to stay at West Ham.

“Celtic is obviously a massive club and it’s quite easy to go and be either Celtic or Rangers manager where you pretty much know that no matter what you do you’re going to be in the top two.

“I think he would be tempted but I don’t think he would go.”

David Moyes has always appeared to value Premier League fame over Celtic success

This would hardly be surprising. Moyes, whilst no doubt would appreciate interest from Parkhead, has always appeared to rank the Premier League above managing at Celtic Park.

Remember, he was one of the key names in the frame back in 2016. Before Brendan Rodgers was appointed, Moyes had apparently turned down the job. Or at least that was how he made it seem when he commented on it five years ago. As quoted by the Daily Record, Moyes said:

“I met Celtic and I know the people very well. They spoke to me several times before but I had other clubs this summer who met me at the same time. I’ve had opportunities to go abroad but I wanted to come back to the Premier League.”

West Ham Manager, David Moyes / (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Indeed, Moyes has never given much indication that he’s been willing to come back to Scotland and take on the Celtic gig. Or at least not when there are Premier League opportunities going about.

The former Everton and Man Utd boss also triggered an extension in his West Ham contract last month. That means Celtic would owe the Hammers compensation given his deal has now bumped forward to 2022 [The Sun].

The spotlight has moved away more and more from Moyes over the last couple of weeks however. The likes of Jesse Marsch and Roy Keane are the latest to be spoken about. The West Ham boss’ name, meanwhile, is fading into the background. Funnily enough, that’s probably how he likes it.

In other news, we discuss why a big-name appointment would frustrate Celtic’s rivals.