West Ham United boss David Moyes has pleaded with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to keep him at the club long-term.
The Scot says the club failed to progress under Manuel Pellegrini. And he wants the chance to give West Ham fans the team they deserve.
Moyes was an unpopular choice among West Ham fans when he returned for a second spell in December.
Many Hammers supporters respected the job he did first time around in keeping the club up in difficult circumstances.
Sullivan and Gold went back for Moyes after project Pellegrini
But Sullivan and Gold did not feel he was the man to take the club forward. And neither did a large section of the West Ham fanbase.
Another 18 months out of the game had done little to convince anyone Moyes is the progressive manager West Ham need.
This time Moyes was handed an 18 month deal, designed to give him the rest of the season and all of next.
And results on the pitch have not improved under the Scot.
Crucially, though, performances levels had slowly but surely ramped up and West Ham had started to look a decent outfit before the enforced break in the season halted their battle for survival with nine games to go.
There were positive signs in the transfer window too. The arrivals of excellent duo Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek gave a glimpse of what West Ham’s recruitment would look like under Moyes.
Moyes has made it clear he wants to build a new look West Ham around young, hungry players (whufc.com).
Moyes pleads with owners for long-term West Ham stay
And now in an interview with beIN Sports, Moyes has pleaded with Sullivan and Gold to keep him for the long-term.
“I didn’t think things have moved on particularly much (under Pellegrini) since when I’d last left,” Moyes told Richard Keys and Andy Gray on beIN Sports.
“But I did feel they had a better group of players, a stronger quality group of players. They had invested in a lot of different areas.
“Unfortunately results hadn’t gone well for the previous manager and that gave me the opportunity to get back in. But I’ve got to say I settled very quickly… winning the first game… and also knowing so many of the players gave me a good chance as well.
“I do (believe there is a lot of work to do to turn the club around), I feel as if I want to build a new energetic, young team and I think we’ve just started that. We’ve just started trying to do that with the signings we’ve brought in in January. Trying to freshen it up and trying to give ourselves a lot more youthfulness, athleticism.
“But I do understand West Ham spent a lot of money in the last year or two to try and improve things.
‘I want to win things, I really want to stay longer’
“I was disappointed at the time that I didn’t keep the job. I’d felt we had done enough at the time to do so. But I have to say to David Sullivan and David Gold, they were brave enough and came back for me again and realised that the job that we had done before had been a good one and I’m very thankful for getting the chance to come back again.
“I’m really enjoying my time back at West Ham. I think we’ve started positively enough. We’ve shown a lot of good signs. A couple of good signings in January have given us an opportunity to improve.
“I want to wing things… and I really want to stay longer if I can.”
The 56-year-old may be pleading for a long-term stay at West Ham.
But he insisted he has no desire to manage into his 70s like other bosses such as Sir Alex Ferguson.