David Moyes has refused to rule out leaving West Ham United at the end of the season no matter where the club finishes in the Premier League table.
The Telegraph reported earlier this week that the Scot could depart even if he saves the Hammers from relegation.
Having only signed a short-term contract when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November, there was always the possibility that Moyes’ time in East London would be brief.
However, with the team seemingly moving in the right direction under his stewardship, many supporters had hoped he would stay on beyond the summer.
Addressing the speculation, Moyes revealed that no decision would be taken until the Irons’ top-flight fate was sealed one way or another.
“[T]here was a suggestion this week that I will leave West Ham at the end of the season, whatever happens,” the 54-year-old wrote in the Evening Standard.
“What I wanted the fans to appreciate is that we’re going in the right direction,” he added.
“We needed to work on the players’ attitude, we needed to show their determination was never in question.
“I want to see how all those things are at the end of the season and no decision will be made until then — or certainly until we know we are safe in the Premier League.”
West Ham currently occupy 12th position in the table but with only seven points separating second-bottom Huddersfield Town from ninth-placed Bournemouth, they remain firmly in the relegation mix.
Injuries have curtailed some of the momentum that Moyes’ side had built over December and early January, with the attacking talents of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini particularly crucial losses.
The Hammers struggled to impose themselves upon their most recent Premier League fixture, a 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Fans will expect an improved display when Watford pay a visit to the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.