West Ham United manager David Moyes has begun the process of restructuring the club’s approach to player recruitment, according to The Telegraph.
After a disappointing January transfer window in which a number of targets were missed, the Scot is keen to get a different plan in place ahead of the summer.
That means co-owner David Sullivan taking more of a back seat in negotiations, as he revealed in an interview with the club’s official website over the weekend.
The new system will see a fresh head of recruitment installed after the sacking of Tony Henry last week and far greater depth in terms of the scouting network, with more detailed analysis of potential arrivals.
Moyes himself said that Sullivan was going to make an effort to ‘stand aside a little bit’ and allow others control over transfer policy.
The former Everton boss’ future at the London Stadium is far from certain despite an upturn in results and performances since he took over from Slaven Bilic in November.
Having only penned a contract until the end of the season, much depends on whether or not the Hammers are able to secure their survival in the Premier League, whilst speculation persists that he could be allowed to leave even if he keeps the club in the top flight.
However, these latest developments seem to indicate that Moyes has a long-term plan for West Ham and is perhaps set to stay put.
The Irons did their prospects of avoiding the drop a world of good at the weekend by defeating Watford 2-0.
Goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic secured a vital win, although the bottom half of the table remains as tight as ever.
After a break this coming week for FA Cup fixtures, Moyes’ men return to action on February 24 when they take on Liverpool at Anfield.