David Moyes explains when decision on West Ham future will become clear

David Moyes believes it will become clear whether the time is right to leave West Ham at the end of the season as he contemplates following Jurgen Klopp’s lead in walking away from his job this summer.

Moyes revealed on Friday that he has been offered a contract extension beyond his current deal, which is due to expire at the end of June.

However, the 60-year-old says he wants to wait to see how the rest of the season plays out before taking stock and making a decision over his future in the summer.

The Scot’s stance will do little to ease the uncertainty around the club, with last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest extending their winless run to eight matches and prompting some supporters to display a ‘Moyes Out’ banner in the away end.

As recently as the start of the month, Moyes had suggested he was intending to stay on at the club and asked whether fan grievances had made him reconsider, the  60-year-old said: “There will always be times at football clubs where you think you might need a change.

"At the moment West Ham have probably been in one of the best places they have been for a long time. I don't want to keep saying it because it sounds like I'm having to defend it but the facts are there.

”There is a level where West Ham can go and we need to find out where that is. But a manager's job is to raise expectations - and I think that's what we've done.”

There will be at least one high-profile vacancy in the Premier League this summer, with Klopp set to call time on his illustrious spell at Anfield.

The German has cited dwindling energy reserves as a major factor in his decision and is expected to take a prolonged break from management when the season ends, with Moyes not ruling out an exit on similar grounds.

“Management has got tougher for a lot of managers,” he added. “I’ll make that decision at the end of the season when that time comes.

"You always know when you have got to the stage where you need to change but at the moment let's see.

“What I have said is that I will always honour my contracts, that is one thing I will do.

"My contract is to the end of the season, the club have offered me a new deal and we will wait and see how that goes.”

Under pressure: Moyes has seen his team struggle of late (REUTERS)
Under pressure: Moyes has seen his team struggle of late (REUTERS)

Meanwhile, the Hammers boss says there is no chance of his team underestimating Freiburg in the last-16 of the Europa League - despite not initially realising they could meet the German side again so soon.

The two clubs were in the same group before Christmas, with West Ham triumphing in both of their meetings, winning 2-1 in the Black Forest and then 2-0 at the London Stadium.

The latter of those victories saw the Hammers secure top spot and qualify directly for the last-16, while Freiburg had to overcome French side Lens in a knockout playoff to put their name in the hat.

In the Champions League, teams qualifying from the same group cannot meet again until the quarter-finals at the earliest but the introduction of a playoff round means the rules are different in the Europa League and Conference League.

“I wasn’t quite sure you were allowed to!” Moyes said, when asked whether he felt it was right that group stage rivals could be drawn together again at the first opportunity. “I actually thought that going into the draw.

“I was talking to the wife about it last night and saying ‘No, we can’t’. She’ll be thinking, ‘What are you talking about?’. She thinks I don’t know anything anyway - now she’ll be able to prove it. I was a wee bit surprised, yeah.

“I don’t think it makes it any easier. I thought the group was very tight and the games were very close.

“There are some huge teams in this competition, the team top of the German league [Bayer Leverkusen] and of the English league [Liverpool]. So you’re trying to avoid those teams as much as you can but it’s a tough game, knockout stages now, two legs.

“They’ve just beaten Lens who were in a group with Arsenal in the Champions League, so it gives you an idea that Freiburg are a good team.”