May 10, 2018 / 7:01 AM / 13 days ago

Soccer: Moyes unsure of West Ham's ambition ahead of contract talks

(Reuters) - David Moyes turned down an offer from a Premier League rival to manage West Ham United but is unsure if the London outfit can match his ambition to fight for a top-half finish, the 55-year-old has said.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City vs West Ham United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - May 5, 2018 West Ham United manager David Moyes celebrates after the match REUTERS/Darren Staples

The former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland manager took charge at West Ham in November and has led the club’s rise from the relegation zone to 15th position in the league.

The Scot helped West Ham secure their top-flight status for next season with a 2-0 win at Leicester City last weekend.

“I could have joined a Premier League club during the season here, when I was West Ham manager,” Moyes told a news conference.

“I chose not to. But I’ve got other things if it’s not renewed. It’s not a problem.”

Despite his achievements, there is uncertainty surrounding Moyes’ future at the London Stadium and the manager wants assurances from West Ham before he commits to the club.

“I’ve been right for a few clubs and I think I’d be right for many clubs,” he said. “Probably apart from two or three managers there’s nobody who’s got a better win-ratio.

“I have to make sure I’ve got what I want to do. For most of my seasons, apart from one last year, I’ve been competing at the top six or eight.

“I need to see if West Ham are going to get there. I want to be a manager pushing the top six or eight. You need the tools for that. I want to make sure I can give the supporters what they crave.”

West Ham host Moyes’ former clubs United and Everton in their last two league games of the season.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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