With 1,114 games in management and counting, David Moyes has no plans of retiring anytime soon, irrespective of his current contract status with West Ham.
The 60-year-old David Moyes, who recently guided the club to their first trophy in 43 years, is in the final year of his contract but remains optimistic about achieving more success with the Hammers.
Moyes compares his current situation to his successful 11-year stint at Everton, where he consistently secured top-eight finishes in the Premier League for seven consecutive seasons and qualified for European competitions four times.
“I’m not in a hurry to stop managing, that’s for sure,” he told Sky Sports.
“I can grow teams and clubs. I genuinely think there are loads of similarities at West Ham [to Everton]. Things we can do better, what we’re trying to do.
“We’ve had a couple of really good years, sixth and seventh, and the other year 14th. We’re trying to build that and make it more consistent. In between, we’ve won a cup which is so difficult to do.”
David Moyed likens West Ham project to that of Everton
On the walls of West Ham‘s training ground, images of their Europa Conference League triumph are proudly displayed. Among the pictures are those of Lucas Paqueta lifting the trophy and Thilo Kehrer celebrating with a microphone on an open-top bus.
“I said to the players, ‘The pictures we’ve got of Sir Trevor Brooking, Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, that’s a long generation away, we want our pictures up there to be seen around the training ground and the stadium – and they are now’,” he said.
“Maybe the memories of that team might be much better than the team I’ve got but undoubtedly this team are cup winners and something that hasn’t happened for a long time.”
David Moyes’ West Ham continues to impress in Europe, currently leading their Europa League group with two games remaining. Their recent victory against Olympiakos not only secured their top spot. This also marked Moyes’ 100th win with the club, adding another milestone to his accomplished tenure. The manager takes pride in his enduring success.
“The biggest milestone for me was always reaching 1,000 games as a manager because when you do that you’ve had a career out of management,” he said.
“It takes a long time to get to there and with what you must go through. If you’re in work, it means you must be doing something right to keep yourself in the job.
“The fire always burns, even when I’ve been losing because I want to get back and get the result. The defeats are always hard to take and it doesn’t get any easier the older you get.”