West Ham appoint David Moyes

Tuesday 7th November , 2017 8:49 am
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West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager.

Negotiations for the 54-year-old former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss to take over from the sacked Slaven Bilic progressed smoothly on Monday.

Bilic left the club on Monday with the side in the Premier League relegation zone.

It is anticipated Moyes will take training for the first time on Tuesday.

Former England and West Ham defender Stuart Pearce is thought to be lined up to join the backroom team.

Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods, the only member of Bilic’s coaching staff not to leave on Monday, will be reunited with Moyes after spending time working with the Scot at Everton and United.

Moyes resigned as manager of Sunderland in May after their relegation to the Championship.

His first game in charge of West Ham will be at Watford on 19 November.

Joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold had said Bilic’s departure was the opportunity for a manager to “inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a very talented squad”.

The Croat’s final game was Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at London Stadium.

What does Moyes face at West Ham?

The Hammers are 18th, having won just two Premier League matches in 2017-18 – and lost their first three league games of the campaign.

Bilic spent a reported £42m on players in the summer – including forward Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City for a club record £20m and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m.

But West Ham have taken just nine points from 11 league matches, conceding 23 goals.

Following the Watford match, West Ham host Leicester City and go to Everton, before a difficult run in December which brings league games against leaders Manchester City, last season’s champions Chelsea and Arsenal.

Later in the month, the Hammers travel to face the Gunners in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

West Ham’s forthcoming fixtures
19 November: Watford (a); 24 November: Leicester City (h); 29 November: Everton (a)
3 December: Manchester City (a); 9 December: Chelsea (h); 13 December: Arsenal

 

 

 

Source: BBC