David Moyes asks West Ham fans for ‘breathing space’ to continue rebuild after ‘huge step’ to Europa League

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David Moyes says West Ham fans must give him breathing space next season and not turn on the side if they fall short of another Premier League top-six finish.

The former Manchester United manager has united the club in his first full season in charge, and taken them into the Europa League with their highest League finish since 1999 along with a record points tally.

The atmosphere at the London Stadium has often been toxic since the controversial move from Upton Park five years ago, but Moyes has now called for time to continue progressing, even if they fall lower than sixth next year.

“If I was a West Ham supporter and David Moyes had come in and saved us from relegation once, came in and saved us from relegation twice and then first full season qualify for Europe, I’d be hoping you’d give him a bit of breathing space,” Moyes told TalkSport.

“Even at Everton I couldn’t get them in Europe the first year so it has been a huge step. I would hope West Ham supporters are going to say we’re going to give him an opportunity to build on it.

“There is so much room for growth at West Ham.”

Moyes will be key to that growth and again confirmed that he is close to agreeing a new three-year deal.

The Scot is keen to add Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis this summer, but the Hammers are not expecting any decision to be made until after the European Championship.

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