West Ham appoint David Moyes as new manager

"This is a unique position for David Gold and myself - it is the first time in nearly eight years at West Ham United that we have appointed a new manager during the season".

Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday, with West Ham's board wanting a manager with proven Premier League experience as the team battles to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Saturday's chastening 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool convinced Sullivan and co-owner David Gold that Bilic's time was up, with the pair banking on the 54-year-old Moyes's understanding of the English game to keep the club in the top flight.

David Moyes has called on West Ham's fanbase to give him a chance to show his managerial credentials after he was installed as the club's new manager.

Bilic was hired in June 2015 and guided West Ham, a team he also played for, to a seventh-place finish in his first season with its highest number of points (62) and goals in a Premier League.

Moyes has failed in his last three jobs, at Sunderland, Real Sociedad and Manchester United, and there are major concerns that he is not the right man for the Hammers.

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"I'm really looking forward to meeting the supporters and being in the stadium with them", Moyes said in comments published on West Ham's Twitter feed. "He is highly regarded and respected within the game and will bring fresh ideas, organization and enthusiasm", Sullivan added. "We need their support".

"I'm looking forward to seeing them get right behind the team, and my team also". We need everybody with us.

To no one's surprise, David Moyes was announced as the new West Ham manager early on Tuesday morning. So I'm hungry to make sure I get things right now.

Moyes' first match in charge will come after the global break, a trip to Watford in the Premier League on November 19.

West Ham did not disclose the length of Moyes' contract.

  • Regina Holmes