David Moyes keen to 'meet West Ham fans'

Arnold Nichols
November 8, 2017

While it seems very much like David Moyes being appointed as the new manager of West Ham is the worst kept secret in football, the man himself is remaining tight-lipped, and that's despite the best efforts of Richard Keys and Andy Gray.

"Disappointed, but not in the club".

Moyes has two weeks to work with his new side on the training ground, before West Ham are next in action against Watford.

As impressive as Moyes' 11-year stint at Everton was - with nine top-eight finishes and having guided the club into the UEFA Champions League qualifiers in 2005 - he knows he can not dine out on that forever.

A success at Everton from 2002-13, Moyes lasted only 10 months as Alex Ferguson's hand-picked replacement at Manchester United before getting fired, the job proving far too big for him. His unsuccessful spells with Manchester United and Real Sociedad have also hurt his reputation. "If the right opportunity comes around, I'll be interested".

Silva is now managing Premier League rivals Watford, with whom he has only been in charge since May, Pellegrini is based in China with Hebei China Fortune, whilst Mancini is managing in Russian Federation with Zenit Saint Petersburg.

What now for West Ham?

Bilic paid the price for the Hammers terrible start to the season.

"We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club", said Sullivan.

Goal understands the club deliberated over Bilic's future at the end of the season, eventually choosing to keep the Croatian and splash the cash in the summer, recruiting Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.

He added: "We've done a contract which suits both parties, we are all comfortable with it. Let's get the job done and then talk at the end of the year".

Bilic's assistants, Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak, have also left the club with immediate effect but goalkeeping coach Chris Woods appears to have been retained. That is not likely to be an issue for long under Moyes.

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