West Ham’s David Sullivan could sack David Moyes ‘to block Liverpool move’ | Football | Sport

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The Scot’s contract expires at the end of this season, with chairman David Sullivan yet to confirm if the 60-year-old will be offered a new deal. But he’s not the only off-field figure whose future is uncertain at the London Stadium, with sporting director Tim Steidten currently being linked with a switch to Liverpool.

And according to HITC, Sullivan is weighing up sacking Moyes in order to appease Steidten, who is reportedly keen on making a sensational move for Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel. The ex-Chelsea man is another manager who appears on shaky ground after the German giants fell five points off the pace in the Bundesliga and lost their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie in Napoli.

Moyes and Steidten clashed over the club’s strategy in the January transfer window, with the Hammers selling two players and releasing five more on loan. Midfielder Kalvin Phillips was the only incoming, signing from Manchester City until the end of the season.

Sullivan does not want to lose Steidten, who was due to work with Tuchel at Chelsea before his surprise dismissal at the hands of Todd Boehly. The 2021 Champions League-winning boss has a contract at Bayern until 2025, but speculation is rife that he will be out of a job before the end of the current 2023/24 campaign.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in the market for a new sporting director after Jorg Schmadtke confirmed in December he would be following Jurgen Klopp out the door this summer. The Reds have reportedly approached Michael Edwards over the possibility of a return, an offer which the Englishman has declined.

West Ham currently lie eighth in the Premier League table, and remain firmly in the mix to qualify for a fourth successive season of European football. And Moyes, 60, has consistently fended off questions over his future, insisting he remains focused on the job in hand.

“I’m hugely comfortable with it (his contract situation),” he told reporters last month. “I’d work with no contract. The contract isn’t important for me, it’s enjoying the job and as long as I’m hopefully getting enough wins to keep the board satisfied then that is what I have to do. Over the three years we’ve done pretty well.”

West Ham go to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, while Bayern face a now must-win game at VFL Bochum on Sunday. And defeat for either Moyes or Tuchel will only serve to exacerbate the noises of discontent from their club’s fans.


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