BREAKING GIST: West Ham confirms new manager

West Ham United have named David Moyes as their new manager.

The 54-year-old Scot has reportedly signed a six-month contract as he replaces Slaven Bilić, who was sacked on Monday after just over two years at the club.

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Speaking to the Hammers’ official website, joint-chairman David Sullivan said:

I would like to welcome David to West Ham United.

This is a unique position for David Gold and myself – it is the first time in almost eight years at West Ham United that we have appointed a new manager during 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.

He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm. He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.

After establishing himself in the Premier League with a decade of good work at Everton, Moyes struggled to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and was sacked after less than a season.

Taking the job at Old Trafford was a thankless task but Moyes has since failed to restore his reputation during spells with Real Sociedad and then Sunderland, where he resigned last May after the Black Cats were relegated.

West Ham’s owners were reportedly concerned by fan reactions when Moyes was linked with the role but have opted to go ahead with the decision regardless. Eleven games into the Premier League season, the Hammers have won just twice and are currently in the relegation zone.

Moyes’ first game in charge will be against Watford on 19 November.

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