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David Moyes: Contract talks at West Ham can wait until end of season

David Moyes has no intention of discussing a new contract at West Ham until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old former Everton and Manchester United boss is currently five weeks into a six-month deal after replacing Slaven Bilic as Hammers manager.

Moyes has already guided West Ham out of the relegation zone following last weekend's 3-0 victory at Stoke.

Yet he revealed no contract talks are planned with the club owners regardless of how well, or otherwise, the season progresses.

"No. I'm happy," he said. "I won't be talking about it with the club, or anybody, until the end of the season, when we're up, or down, or wherever.

"That's me saying it, not the club. I won't have any discussion until the end of the season.

"I want to prove what I can do, to show what I can do, I want to see if I'm a fit for the club and if the club think I'm a fit for them as well.

"The way football is now, I'm not interested in having a three or four-year contract any more.

"I think it would be good for football clubs and maybe West Ham to have managers for three or four years, and in the main the owners have tried to do that.

"But for me, personally, it tends to be a shorter brief now for managers. What did I sign at Manchester United, four years? And it ended up being 10 months."

Striker Andy Carroll has, not for the first time, been linked with a move away when the transfer window opens next month.

But an injury to Michail Antonio could mean Carroll starts against his former club Newcastle on Saturday, and Moyes says the big frontman remains firmly in his plans.

"I'll tell you what, I think Andy Carroll would be linked because he's one of a type, a wee bit of a dying breed, a Duncan Ferguson type," added Moyes.

"But I think Andy Carroll will be a big value to us as the season goes on, and I would hopefully see Andy being here."

Captain Mark Noble also misses out against the Magpies but Cheikhou Kouyate is back after a hamstring injury.

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