West Ham announce manager David Moyes departure

Manager David Moyes has left West Ham, the club have announced.

The former Everton boss was kept the team in the Premier League during his six months at the London Stadium, having replaced Slaven Bilic, having only agreed a deal until the end of the campaign.

The club say they will appoint a "high-calibre" manager in the next 10 days, following reports of talks with Shakhtar Donetsk's Paulo Fonseca.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan said: "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."

David Sullivan and David Gold are hoping to bring in a new manager.

The announcement arrived barely 12 hours after David Gold, West Ham's co-owner, said he hoped 55-year-old former Manchester United and Everton boss Moyes would remain in charge for next season.

But that will not be the case, and West Ham said assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay had also departed.

Moyes succeeded Slaven Bilic in November, when West Ham were in the relegation zone, and guided the team to 13th place in the top flight.

Sullivan added on West Ham's website: "Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the club with our best wishes.

"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. 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.

"We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days."

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