Hammers face Hatters in Moyes’ London Stadium swan song 

Brian Jeeves

West Ham United v Luton Town – Premier League – London Stadium – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

David Moyes takes charge of West Ham United for the penultimate time this Saturday, with former Sevilla, Spain, Real Madrid and Wolverhampton Wanderers boss, Julen Lopetegui seemingly ready to take charge at the London Stadium.

Despite coming in for heavy criticism from sections of the West Ham support, Moyes will ultimately go down in the history books as one of their more successful managers, having twice taken charge and led them clear of relegation, as well as overseeing their UEFA Europa Conference success in 2023.

Moyes will leave West Ham when his contract concludes at the end of the season. Speaking to www.whufc.com, the Scotsman said: “I have enjoyed four and a half brilliant years at West Ham, and the Club is in a stronger position than when I returned back in 2019.

“When I joined West Ham for a second time, the Club was one place above the relegation zone, and it has been a terrific journey to have achieved three consecutive seasons in Europe.

“After leading the Club to safety, we guided the team to finishes of 6th and 7th in the Premier League, and I was delighted when we won the Europa Conference League title last June – the Club’s first major trophy in 43 years.

“I would like to thank all the players for their support, and all the success they have achieved, over the last four and a half years.

“I have really enjoyed working with everyone at West Ham, and I would like to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage this great Club.

“I wish my eventual successor, the Directors, the players, the staff, the fans, and everybody at West Ham, all the very best for the future.”

In the meantime, Moyes and his side will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s five-goal thrashing at Chelsea and finish their home programme with a victory over relegation-threatened Luton Town. Indeed, defeat for the Hatters will confirm their swift return to the Championship. 

Moyes again looks likely to be without Konstantinos Mavropanos, Nayef Aguerd and Kalvin Phillips. Meanwhile, Lucas Paqueta limped off during that Stamford Bridge mauling and seems unlikely to feature.

While Moyes’ departure has seemingly been on the cards for some time, Hammers fans appear underwhelmed over the potential appointment of Lopetegui who led Sevilla to UEFA Europa League success in 2020. 

Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Luton Town

Brian Jeeves

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