David Moyes ruled himself out of the running to continue as West Ham boss after being left saddened by his treatment by the club, according to the Evening Standard.
The newspaper report that Moyes remained in the running for the job despite the club speaking to other candidates this week, with chairman David Sullivan telling the Scot in a telephone conversation that fans were eager for a change of boss.
The Standard claim that Moyes then pulled the plug on his desire to remain in charge at the London Stadium, with the 55-year-old unhappy at the club’s conduct.
The news that Moyes ruled himself out of the picture comes as a shock after the official statement from chairman David Gold made it seem as though this was a decision from the club, saying: “We feel that it is right to move in a different direction.”
The indications were previously that Moyes would remain as boss, with The Times reporting that the Scot had been handed control of the club’s transfer policy this summer, and the club anticipating that he would stay on.
In all honesty it is not a surprise if Moyes did indeed rule himself out of the running. The environment in place at the London Stadium is not a healthy one at all, and Moyes will have experienced that first hand this season. Despite that, the Scot got the job done and kept the club in the Premier League with a respectable 13th place, which was seemingly not good enough for these owners. For them to now turn around and begin interviewing other candidates would have been a slap in the face for Moyes, who will obviously believe his talents will be appreciated more elsewhere. The Scot will not be short of job offers this summer after doing well to turn this Hammers side around, and fans will now be hoping that the club do not regret their decision to let him go. The other candidates in the frame would suggest they will not, but the grass is not always greener, and they well may find that out next season.