Hammers Decline To Renew Contract
West Ham United have announced that David Moyes has left the club. The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss leaves after just six months in his post. His coaching staff of Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also left the London Stadium.
Moyes’ contract expired at the conclusion of the Premier League season on Sunday and the club have elected not to offer him a new deal.
“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,” West Ham Joint-Chairman David Sullivan told the club’s official 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 ten days.”
Speculation has now turned to who will succeed Moyes. Two names in the frame are Unai Emery, who has left Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with the French club came to an end at the weekend, and former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini who is currently in charge of Hebei China Fortune.
Pellegrini is the early favourite with the bookmakers with Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca close behind in the betting.