It had been rumored for weeks and is now official. West Ham United have parted ways with David Moyes as their manager.
The Scot was informed he will not be the manager of West Ham United after a six month spell at the helm. In a statement co-owner David Sullivan said,
“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.”
The announcement comes just hours after co-owner David Gold told Sky Sports that Moyes was on the short list and he hoped to keep him as manager. Despite the optimism the board moved quickly to let Moyes and his backroom staff know they were not to be with the team moving forward.
The search for Moyes’ replacement is already in full swing with reports of Paulo Fonseca already interviewing with Sullivan this week. Although reports say Fonseca will stay at Shakhtar Donetsek for two more years. Other targets include Rafael Beneitz, Manuel Pellegrini, Unai Emrey, and a few others.
Moyes was hired to keep the hammers in the Premier League and he did just that, despite a depleted squad and fan unrest. Many fans never warmed up to the Scot and drew comparisons to Sam Allyardyce (who was also let go by Everton Wednesday).
ESPN has said the hammers hope to appoint a new manager within the next ten days. With the transfer window opening up on Thursday, the World Cup a few weeks away, and an early close to the window, getting a new manager will be key to the hammers success next season.
Brace the Hammer would like to thank David Moyes for his service to the club and a job well done. We wish you well in your next challenge (except when you play against us).