David Moyes says it is the right decision for him and West Ham that he is leaving after the end of the season and that he is “comfortable” with the way his departure has been handled.

The Hammers announced on Monday that Moyes is to depart, with former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui lined up as a replacement.

Speaking for the first time since the announcement, Moyes said he wanted to stay in management.

“I want to keep really involved in football. I really love football,” added the Scot on Friday.

Moyes, 61, is in his second spell in charge of West Ham having returned to the club in December 2019.

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton said West Ham’s owners could have shown Moyes “more respect” and that they had “messed” the former Manchester United and Everton boss around.

“Look, there’s a lot of things in football that can be done a lot better,” added Moyes, who won the Europa Conference League last season.

“But look, I’m really comfortable with the situation. I’m comfortable with the board, so at the moment everything’s fine. It’s football.

“I think it’s the right decision for both parties, for myself and the club and we’ll go our separate ways having had, I think, a really good four-and-a-half years.

“Do I want to stay in management? ‘Yes’ would be the answer to that.”

West Ham are ninth in the Premier League with two matches remaining.

Moyes’ final home match in charge is against relegation-threatened Luton on Saturday (15:00 BST kick-off) before they face title-chasing Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on 19 May (16:00).