West Ham to appoint new manager in 10 days after Moyes departs


It has been a badly kept secret for a couple of weeks now, but today West Ham United finally confirmed that manager David Moyes had left the club with immediate effect.

The Scot had guided the club to eight wins during his tenure, including success over Chelsea and a 4-1 thumping of the impressive Huddersfield, and nine draws, taking four points from games against Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

The club said they would seek to recruit a "high-calibre" manager within the next 10 days.

Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes was appointed until the end of this season last November, following a awful start to the campaign under predecessor Slaven Bilic.

Reports this week said West Ham had held "productive" talks with Paulo Fonseca, the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk, while Sullivan remains a long-term admirer of Newcastle's Rafael Benitez.

However, despite keeping West Ham safe, Sullivan said Moyes was only regarded as a short-term fix.

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Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is one of the names in the frame for the job.

"We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in, and we have done that", he said.

The Hammers have been in disarray this season and supporters are furious over what they feel are a string of broken promises regarding ambition, transfer spending and the much-heralded move to the London Stadium.

Gold also felt that injuries had contributed to a disappointing season for West Ham, adding: "We were disappointed at our performance right the way through the year".

West Ham's statement came just hours after Everton announced the sacking of Sam Allardyce.