David Moyes leaves West Ham United

  • David Moyes leaves West Ham United

David Moyes leaves West Ham United

I would like to place on record my honest thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League.

A statement on West Ham's website confirming Moyes' departure said the club wanted to take a "different direction".

West Ham secured their top-flight status with two games to spare thanks to a 2-0 win at Leicester City, but Moyes has presided over a fraught time at the club.

The former Everton man came in back in November after the sacking of Slaven Bilic, when the Hammers sat in the bottom three of the league.

"I would like to place on record my honest thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League", co-Chairman David Sullivan said.

Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also departed with immediate effect.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Moyes and Allardyce have both been sent packing today but it's unlikely the pair will swap clubs, with a whole host of blockbuster names heading the market to take over at the London Stadium".

'He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a hard situation.

Despite having had jobs in Italy and his native Spain since, his family remained living on the Wirral and therefore if he does leave Newcastle, English clubs will surely be at the front of the queue.

"We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions".

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

Sullivan said the club, who finished 13th in the Premier League, aim to appoint a "high-calibre" successor within the next 10 days.