London - David Moyes has left West Ham following the end of his short-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
The 55-year-old former Everton and Manchester United boss arrived at
the London Stadium in November, with the sole objective of ensuring the
Hammers' top-flight status, which he achieved.
"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and
his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the
Premier League," said joint chairman David Sullivan.
"When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties
that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at
which point a decision would be made with regards to the future," he
"Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign
is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction."
Sullivan said the club, who finished 13th in the Premier League, aim
to appoint a "high-calibre" successor within the next 10 days.
The announcement on Moyes came barely 12 hours after David Gold, West
Ham's co-owner, said he hoped Moyes would remain in charge for next
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.
Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, currently with Hebei
China Fortune, and outgoing Paris St-Germain coach Unai Emery have also
been linked with the role.
Moyes succeeded Slaven Bilic in November, when West Ham were in the relegation zone, and guided the team to safety.
Speaking after West Ham's recent draw against Manchester United, he said staying in the Premier League was a "big achievement".
"We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in,
and we have done that," he said. "This is a big club and there are big
expectations from the supporters so they will need to improve."
Moyes managed Everton for 11 years from 2002 before leaving the club
to replace Alex Ferguson at United but was dismissed after just 10
months in charge. He also had a disappointing stint in Spain with Real
West Ham's statement came just hours after Everton announced the sacking of Sam Allardyce.