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Cottee slams club's lack of conviction

Filed: Tuesday, 7th November 2017
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham striker and TV pundit Tony Cottee has criticised the club for refusing to offer David Moyes a long-term contract.

Cottee, appearing on Sky Sports in the wake of Moyes' appointment claimed that the club's lack of conviction could rub off on the players and rather than offer stability, could have the opposite effect.

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"Slaven Bilic was into the last year of his contract, "he said. "As soon as there is uncertainty at a football club, players switch off, players lose concentration, and that’s what happens. So I don’t want to read that David Moyes has got it until the end of the season.

“Why not give him a [long term] contract? If he’s your choice, he’s your choice. Give him a three-and-a-half year contract or whatever it is because you can’t say ‘well, we’ll see how it goes’.

“I just don’t understand that. You need a manager to be given a contract. If you get a manager with a contract, the players will settle down, and if you’re trying to sign your star player for next season, then he’ll know who the manager is going to be."

Moyes' has signed a short term contract that expires at the end of the current season - although he is likely to win an extension should he manage to keep West Ham in the Premier League.

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