London - West
Ham named former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as
their new manager on Tuesday after sacking Slaven Bilic following a
string of poor results that left the club mired in the Premier League
The Hammers parted company with Bilic on Monday, two days after a
chastening 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool convinced co-chairmen David
Sullivan and David Gold that the club needed a change of direction to
stop the rot.
West Ham, languishing in 18th position with just two wins in 11
games, are banking on Moyes's experience in the English top flight to
lift them out of danger despite his underwhelming recent record in
"We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League
and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn
things around and get the best out of the players at the club," said
"He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm."
West Ham have not disclosed the length of Moyes's contract but some
reports said it was a six-month deal, suggesting the focus is on
survival this season.
Moyes, 54, has been out of management since he resigned from his post
at Sunderland at the end of last season after failing to prevent the
northeast club being relegated from the Premier League.
He managed Everton for 11 years from 2002 before leaving the club to
replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but was dismissed after just
10 months in charge.
Despite his failure at United and an underwhelming stint in Spain
with Real Sociedad, the Hammers are backing the Scot to help shore up a
leaky defence as well as getting the best out of big-money summer
signings Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.
But he faces a challenge
to win round the fans after some supporters viewed his proposed arrival
at the London Stadium with scepticism.
"Do I have a point to prove? Yes, I think I do," Moyes told the club website.
"I've managed five clubs since starting out nearly 20 years ago,
starting at Preston and then going to Everton. My period at Manchester
United is well-documented and I then did something I have always wanted
to do by experiencing management abroad, with Real Sociedad.
"It's only been the last job where I feel it wasn't a good move and I
didn't enjoy the experience. So I'm hungry to make sure I get things
"The focus here is purely between now and the end of the season. The
first thing is to win the next game and build from there, and I'm sure
we will be in a much stronger position before long."
Moyes took training on Tuesday and has almost a fortnight to get to
know his new players, with his first match in charge at Watford on
Former West Ham defender Bilic is the fourth Premier League
managerial casualty of the season, the Croatian's exit following those
of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester) and
Ronald Koeman (Everton).