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Moyes’ future in the air amid Loptegui Hammers talkspublished at 16:35 3 May

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Simon Stone
BBC Sport

David MoyesImage source, Getty Images

West Ham could make a decision on David Moyes’ future before
the end of the season amid growing rumours he is going to be replaced by Julen
Lopetegui.

Moyes has repeatedly fended off questions about whether he
will remain at the club, saying talks will not take place until after the final
game at Manchester City on 19 May.

Whilst that is still the plan, BBC Sport understands there
is a small possibility of West Ham reaching an earlier conclusion on Moyes’
tenure.

Talks with Lopetegui have been positive, although sources
are adamant no decision has been made on Moyes and the final outcome will be
what is regarded as being the best for the team.

The uncertainty over Moyes has bemused many outsiders, who
question why the respected Scot is under so much pressure as he closes in on
what would be a third top-half finish in four full seasons at the London
Stadium.

He presided over three successive European campaigns for the
first time in the club’s history and last June ended the Hammers’ 43-year wait
for a trophy with a last-minute victory over Fiorentina in the Europa
Conference League final.

However, many fans are critical of what they view as Moyes’
negative tactics.

Lopetegui has been without a job since leaving Wolves on the
eve of the current campaign, believing promises made over the playing budget
had not been kept.

The former Spain and Real Madrid coach has been linked with
numerous jobs since and is thought to be keen on returning to the Premier
League after guiding Wolves to safety last term, having joined them when they
were bottom of the table.

It is known other options are being considered.

Julen LopeteguiImage source, Getty Images
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