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West Ham 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen: David Moyes frosty with reporter after exit from Europa League

  • By Simon Stone
  • ` Sport's chief football news reporter at the London Stadium

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image description, David Moyes' West Ham are currently eighth in the Premier League

West Ham manager David Moyes was involved in a frosty exchange with a reporter when asked about his future at the club following their Europa League exit.

Moyes' contract expires at the end of the season and there is no clarity whether he will sign an extension.

West Ham were eliminated from the competition by Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final second leg at the London Stadium.

After the game, Moyes and the media officer accompanying him expressed objections to a question asked at a press conference.

This is how the exchange went…

Reporter: “If this is the end of your tenure at the end of the season, how do you feel about…”

Moyes: “I'm sorry, I didn't understand that question.”

Media representative: “We are not focusing on the end of the terms of office.”

Moyes: “We just played in the third quarter-final there.”

Reporter: “I was thinking about the three years you spent in Europe and the moments you gave those fans…”

Moyes: “Better question. We've been in three quarter-finals, won two and were close tonight. The fans were rewarded with big nights against Alkmaar and Sevilla. Leverkusen is a Champions League team and plays like one. We've had three fantastic years and we hope we can do it for the fourth time.

Moyes has been in the game for too long not to realize that questions will continue to be asked about his future until a decision is made.

He is also aware that some West Ham fans would prefer him to leave the club, largely because of what they perceive as negative tactics, despite him having the best run of sustained results in over a generation.

Moyes' side are eighth in the Premier League and will almost certainly need to move up to seventh to secure European football for a fourth consecutive year.

That won't be easy considering they have played more games than all the teams around them and their last five opponents include Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

On a night when new German champions Bayer Leverkusen needed a late goal to prevent West Ham from suffering their first defeat of the entire season, coach Xabi Alonso said the only positive thing about a terrible first half for them was the two-goal defeat. Lead in the first leg had not been completely erased.

Moyes, who felt his side should have been further ahead at half-time, was angered by the performance of Spanish referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez.

However, the West Ham manager felt uncomfortable when asked to articulate a view that he believed many of the media in attendance would agree with.

“I’m going to turn the question around and ask you what you thought of the administration,” he said. When the questioner changed the subject, Moyes replied: “I'm asking you.” When told that “the fans” were not impressed, Moyes asked: “Are you a fan or are you just reporting?”

He later remarked, “He knows it was.” [a] very poor but he wanted me to say it.

However, Moyes admitted: “I did it in Spain and watched a lot of Spanish football. If that were the case, I wouldn’t watch too many Spanish games.”

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