David Moyes revealed he could have left West Ham earlier this season for another Premier League club.
The Scot’s future remains uncertain despite keeping West Ham in the top flight with two games to spare.
Moyes joined in November on a contract until the end of the season, and it seems neither he nor the club are in a hurry to extend it.
However, if he does not stay at the London Stadium, the former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss insists his track record, with the exception of relegation with Sunderland last season, will ensure he is not short of offers.
“I could have joined a Premier League club during the season here, when I was West Ham manager,” he said.
“I chose not to. But I’ve got other things if it’s not renewed. It’s not a problem.
“There is nothing scheduled. We always said even in November don’t even ask me because we won’t have an idea before the end of the season.
“I’d probably expect the week after the end of the season we’ll start seeing if things can be done.
“I think my record, the amount of games I’ve had, the amount of wins I’ve got, probably apart from two or three managers there’s nobody who’s got a better win ratio.
“For most of my seasons, apart from one last year, I’ve been competing at the top six, top eight.
“I know what it looks like, I know what you need to get there. I need to see if West Ham are going to get there.”
Moyes also made a surprise claim that West Ham had the best January transfer window of any top flight club.
The Hammers sold Jose Fonte, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew while their recruitment of Preston striker Jordan Hugill, Inter Milan loanee Joao Mario and 36-year-old full-back Patrice Evra was largely viewed as a disappointment.
But, with the benefit of hindsight, Moyes insists that could now been seen as a success.
“I think West Ham arguably had the best January of any club in the Premier League because we sold three players, made a profit, and bought one,” he said.
“You could say that was a risk, and if it hadn’t worked you could probably be critical of our January. It wasn’t for the want of trying.
“We tried to get one or two other players. We ended up with less players – and the one thing we’re short of is numbers.
“But you could argue we had the best January because we made a good profit and still stayed up.”