Safety in the Premier League has officially been secured and David Moyes has done the job he was hired to do as asked by Gold and Sullivan.
On 17th May the transfer window reopens and will also see the West Ham board say goodbye to the Scot as he picks up a staggering £2.1m survival bonus that was agreed in his contact which, also included the option of a two year extension based on performances.
David Moyes has a meeting with David Sullivan on 14th May and this is when the two shake hands and go their separate ways.
Fan views aside, David Moyes will come away from the meeting a better man as he has proven his doubters wrong by keeping the Hammers up and has put himself back in the shop window to take over from another possible vacancy at a Premier League club.
Huddersfield, Newcastle, Bournemouth and even Burnley all risk either losing their manager to another club while Leicester City and Watford are likely to sack their current managers, so Moyes has six possible top flight clubs he could go to in the summer to steady their ship.
West Ham are looking at options as we speak and there is no clear indication who that man will be come the summer. However, while the transfer window opens in a weeks’ time, the club should be making their moves now and secure some of their targets before the World Cup starts rather than in the last hour on Deadline Day.
We all want a boring deadline day, safe in the knowledge that the club have conducted their business early and the squad has settled and gelled during pre-season. The last thing we want to see is the squad finally clicking in November, when we’ve wasted the first few months of the new season trying to find our style of play.
One thing I would love the club to do during pre-season is play full strength squads against British teams across the pyramid system, all on home soil. We will be playing no European football next season so why prepare against European teams?
I get the team need a training camp with good weather for condition purposes and I get that the club needs to boost its brand across the globe, but we should be playing in a Premier League cup in Asia or America, tough Championship sides and top Scottish sides like Celtic.
Nobody wants to see the Hammers draw 3-3 with a fourth division German side – what preparation does that give us against Man United on the first day of the season?
What do you hope to see West Ham do this summer? Have your say in the comments below?