West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager to succeed Slaven Bilic who was sacked (read here) on Monday after successive poor results that has left the the Hammers in the relegation zone.
The former Manchester United boss who started his career at Preston North End and was voted LMA Manager of the Year three times during an 11-year spell at Everton from 2002 to 2013, has been out of work since May 2017, when he resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation to the Championship.
West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan said “I would like to welcome David to West Ham United.
“This is a unique position for David Gold and myself – it is the first time in almost eight years at West Ham United that we have appointed a new manager during the season.
He went further to say Moyes is “the right man to turn things around”.
“We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David can get the best out of the players.
“He is highly regarded and respected within the game and will bring fresh ideas, organization and enthusiasm.
“He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.”
The 54-year-old Scot has been handed an initial six-month deal, taking him through until the end of the season.
His task is to to keep the Hammers far away from relegation zone and establish them in mid-table. He is expected to appoint former England international Stuart Pearce as part of his coaching staff coupled with Alan Irvine and Chris Woods, who is already at the London Stadium as a goalkeeping coach, to also be part of the Scot’s team.
Moyes’ first game in charge will be at Watford in the Premier League on 19 November after the international break, and he’s expected to take training for the first time on Tuesday using the next two weeks withing the break to get acquainted with his new board and staffs.
Upon the confirmation of his appointment, Moyes issued rallying call to Westham’s supporters saying “I’m really looking forward to meeting the supporters, being in the stadium with them.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them getting right behind the team and my team also. We need the support, we need everyone with us.
“It feels great to be here. West Ham is a big club. Wherever you go they are known.
“I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve managed some really great clubs, and I have been offered some other opportunities recently.
“But I wanted a job that would give me a real good chance. I wanted a big fanbase, a big club, and West Ham fitted the bill.
“I’m really just looking forward to getting started, because we are now in the season and we have to get up-and-running right away to get the job done.
“We are without some players at the moment who are away on international duty but we will get the chance to work with the players who are here this week and I am looking forward to it.’
West Ham have taken just nine points from 11 league matches, conceding 23 goals.David Moyes will have a pile of important games to play in coming weeks. Following the Watford match, West Ham host Leicester City and go to Everton, before a difficult run in December which brings league games against leaders Manchester City, last season’s champions Chelsea and Arsenal.
Later in the month, the Hammers travel to face the Gunners in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.