It was announced, as expected, by West Ham United this morning that former Manchester United Boss David Moyes will be the man charged with taking the club forward less than 24 hours after the sacking of Slaven Bilic.
The Scotsman has been appointed on a six-month basis which should see him through to the end of the season, upon arrival in East London he had this to say to say to WHUFC.com:
“It feels great to be here; West Ham is a big club. Wherever you go they are known. I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve managed some really great clubs, and I have been offered some other opportunities recently.
But I wanted a job that would give me a real good chance. I wanted a big fanbase, a big club, and West Ham fitted the bill”.
In a later statement, Joint-Chairman David Sullivan welcomed in his new man, stating:
“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”.
Moyes will take his first morning of training in the Job today at Rush Green after signing the contract last night at The London Stadium, he has achieved a great deal in a long managerial career.
Accolades of note on his C-V include as many as ten Premier League Manager of the Month Awards and an impressive three League Managers Association Awards, only Sir Alex Ferguson has picked up more.
The seasoned Boss has enjoyed five spells in his Career starting with Preston North End, moving on to Everton who he guided to The Champions League and then Manchester United, where he would unfortunately only last ten months.
Despite this, he became the only Red Devils Boss in history to win Silverware in his first season, before joining La Liga outfit Real Sociedad and his last club Sunderland, a team he could not avoid Relegation from The Top-Flight with last season.
However, without regard for his admirable pedigree, many Hammers have taken to social media today to voice their doubts over his capabilities on the basis of his tricky spell in The North East, he will be hoping to prove them wrong in the next few months.
The man he replaced in Croatian Slaven Bilic, thanked fans in an open letter yesterday after before wishing the new manager and the club all the best for the future.
To leave with the Croat was First-Team Coach Edin Terzic, Assistant Manager Nicola Jurcevic, Fitness coach Miljenko Rak and Assistant First-Team Coach and West Ham Legend Julian Dicks.
At this point, it’s unclear who Moyes will bring in to replace that quartet but he did promise to confirm his appointments by the start of next week, with names such as former player Stuart Pearce, former Baggies Boss Alan Irvine and even brother of Gary, Phil Neville all in the ring.
One man who will definitely be there is Goalkeeper Coach Chris Woods who will assist Moyes this week, having been kept on from his original appointment under Bilic.
So, what challenges will the 54-year-old face when he beds down into his new role? Our Hammers sit 18th, just inside the Relegation Zone and with six defeats from 11 games this term.
Moyes’ primary objective will surely be to avoid relegation, something he couldn’t do last season, however, first and foremost will be the trip to Vicarage Road in just under two weeks, can The David Moyes era start with three points in Hertfordshire?