West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have denied they plan to replace David Moyes with Hellas Verona boss Ivan Juric.
The West Ham boss has still not won over all his doubters.
Moyes has been ridiculed over the years after failing at a string of clubs.
West Ham’s owners did not help when they deemed Moyes was not progressive enough for them despite doing his best work in years during his first spell in east London.
Dismal Moyes record under the microscope
Another 18 months out of the game followed as Moyes watched Manuel Pellegrini spend record amounts on transfers.
Back at West Ham for a second spell and Moyes has come under fire again.
The Scot has been criticised for failing to turn West Ham’s fortunes around – the Hammers are only outside the relegation places on goal difference with nine games to play.
And he has been questioned over his ‘dinosaur’ tactics when going to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Yesterday Moyes was publicly criticised by two former players Rio Ferdinand and Jan Kirchhoff over his tactics and views on football.
Hammers owners deny plans to replace Scot with Juric
But Sullivan and Gold plan to stick with Moyes even if West Ham are relegated. And the unpopular duo have no plans to replace him with Hellas Verona’s Croatian manager Juric.
That’s according to fellow Hammers website Claret & Hugh – which has a direct link to the owners.
According to a report from Italian media outlet L’Arena, West Ham have been chasing Juric for the last two months.
The 44-year-old, who was hired and sacked three times by Genoa before getting the Hellas Verona job in 2019, has led his current club to eighth place in Serie A with a chance of European qualification.
But Claret & Hugh claim a top inside source at West Ham – believed to be the owners – have denied the Juric talk and insist Moyes will be the manager next season regardless of the club’s fate.
“West Ham have given a categorical assurance that David Moyes will continue to be the club’s manager next season,” Claret & Hugh state.
“We were told by a highly placed source on e-mail: ‘David Moyes will be the manager of this club net season whatever division we are in’.”
Guaranteeing Moyes a job even if relegated is farcical
It is one thing the owners dismissing links to Juric.
But guaranteeing Moyes a job even if West Ham are relegated is farcical.
The Scot was appointed with half the season remaining. And he has had ample opportunity to get West Ham out of the mess they find themselves in.
Many supporters argue they would have been better off sticking with Pellegrini until the summer.
West Ham had started to improve before the enforced break.
But with nine games remaining everything is up in the air.
Back in August Sullivan was linked with a takeover bid for Hellas Verona (L’Arena).
That too was swiftly denied by the owner via Claret & Hugh.