David Moyes leaves West Ham

West Ham United have confirmed David Moyes has left the club following the end of his short-term contract in East London.

The former-Manchester United manager only arrived at the London Stadium in November 2017, guiding the Hammers to a 13th place finish this past season.

Moyes’ assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have all also left West Ham with immediate effect.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan is quoted on the club’s official website as saying:

“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.

“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 ten days.”

West Ham United had been in the relegation zone at the time of David Moyes’ appointment in November but the Scottish manager guided them to nine Premier League wins and 10 draws during his 31 games in charge.  His first victory came by way of a 1-0 win over rivals Chelsea in early December.

Moyes had replaced Slaven Bilic who had been at the club for just over two years, including their final season at Upton Park.