By Pranav Shahaney

15th Apr, 2023 | 3:40pm

BBC pundit makes Leeds United job admission for West Ham manager David Moyes

Kevin Nolan believes that West Ham boss David Moyes could’ve been in the running for the Leeds United job had he been sacked a few weeks ago.

The Whites looked long and far for Jesse Marsch’s replacement and settled on Javi Gracia after struggles in their recruitment process.

Before the Hammers, Moyes managed a number of clubs including Leeds’ arch rivals Manchester United.

Nolan told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, “David Sullivan is someone who has always backed his man. He has always thought ‘You know what, I am going to give him the opportunity because he has got us to this position and give him the chance to get us out’.

“If David Moyes becomes available, in the last six or seven weeks ago, would he be up for the Leeds job? Would he be up for every other job that becomes available to keep everyone in the Premier League?

“He (West Ham co-owner) has looked at it and gone ‘no, I have to back my guy’ – I always feel that you have got the support.”

No thanks

Moyes may have 252 Premier League wins under his belt but it’s clear that he’s a manager on the decline and will probably not get a bigger job than West Ham.

He worked wonders there but there was an aspect of good fortune to it as his style of football was never akin to that of a side that could be the best of the rest.

Given where Brighton are now, the Hammers had the potential of being, but they ended up falling flat under Moyes.

Hopefully, if Leeds decide to sack Javi Gracia they’ll go for someone like Arne Slot or Andoni Iraola as they appear to be managers who can build a squad for the future.

Their style of football is also easy on the eye, unlike Moyes whose Hammers side have perennially played on the counter attack.

Had they not had the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen bailing them out in the past, they perhaps would not have made Europe in each of the last two seasons.

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